Wednesday, August 09, 2006

COLOR + gee's bend


one of the cool things about having housemates, is the new colors they bring to the house. when i think of people i know, i often think of the colors they like/wear/have in their house. these clothes on the line (in our ramshackle, dirty storage area) are erica's. they're not exactly representative of the colors i think of when i think of her. she likes a lot of brown, tan, neutral colors, but also bright colors. anyhow, i usually like the combination of colors that her clothes on the line make, because they're different than mine, yet very pleasing! they make me consider new combinations of color. (i'm pretty much always noting color combos in my head {as many of you most likely do as well} as i go through my day - houses, plants, graffiti, people's clothes, whatever).


by lillie mae pettway housetop-twelve block half log cabin variation

today i saw the gee's bend quilt exhibit. TALK ABOUT COLOR COMBINATIONS. those ladies are geniuses of color. what a beautiful exhibit. it made me cry. i know i'll be going back to it, since it's here until december (GO IF YOU'RE IN SF!). some of the most wonderful quilts i've ever seen. what hard, but fulfilliing and beautiful lives the quilters describe (in a video at the exhibit). i really hope a large part of the money the books, cds, exhibits make goes to their community and the quilters! although as one woman notes in the film (and i'm seriously paraphrasing), "we didn't have anything, couldn't buy anything, but everyone seemed happy, and nowadays people have everything, buy everything, but no one seems happy." i just think those women deserve some comfort and ease after what they've endured and that they should receive $ for their fabulous artwork. above is one of my favorite quilts of the exhibit by lillie mae pettway.

7 comments:

Nicole said...

I live in Memphis, when the Gee's Bend quilts were exhibited here, we had the divine pleasure of meeting the quilters. They are wonderful women who had a great way of telling stories that reveal part of their lives, past and present. They gave a great talk, answered a million questions, and even sang for us.

shash said...

nicole, that's so cool. apparently some of them are coming to SF to i think in september. may try to go hear them.

lisa s said...

shash... i so so so can't wait to see that exhibit!! wow.... maybe we can go together [again and again]

mati rose said...

no way, i was there today as well!!! AMAZING... tearing up as well. xo, mati

shannon said...

Thats my kinda quilting, no perfect lines!


Ive booked my Jolie Holland tickets for saturday week, fingers crossed she doesnt talk....!!

kelly rae said...

yes, yes, i was supposed to go to this last weekend, but it didn't work out. i will get there - thank you for the pics!

Kim Carney said...

I want so much to see that exhibit! I know I would cry, I almost do just seeing them here.