Last night (October 20) was the first of two lectures delivered by the quilters of Gee's Bend. Present were (l-r) Revil Mosley, China Pettway and Louisiana Bendolph. If Louisiana looks a bit sheepish, it's because it was her birthday and Revil and China (and the audience) were singing happy birthday to her.
It was a powerful evening – filled with history, talk of quilting, stitches, stories, and song. The presentation was introduced by Matt Arnett of Tinwood Media - the publisher responsible for bringing the quilts of Gee's Bend to widespread public attention.
|China Pettway speaks about quilts as art and as bedcovers.|
|Louisiana speaks about faith and what goes into a quilt.|
|Revil Mosely speaks with the audience about how the quilts are made.|
|Matt Arnett took the group through an historic introduction to the Gee's Bend Area|
and a slideshow of the many places the quilts have been showcased.
|The quilters of Gee's Bend take questions from the audience and speak about their work.|
In 2005 the quilters of Gee's Bend first visited Vancouver to present a lecture and workshops at the Maiwa Textile Symposium. During that historic visit the quilters of Gee's Bend were able to meet two of the embroiderers from the Kutch Desert in India. Present in the Maiwa Loft, pictured below are (l-r) Meguben and Latchuben from KMVS, Mary Lee Bendolph, Louisiana Bendolph and Arlonzia Pettway from Gee's Bend.
The group will deliver a second presentation tonight (a few tickets available at the door) and three workshops during their stay in Vancouver.