Gee’s Bend Quilt
Roman Stripes Variation, by Plummer T. Pettway, ca. 1967
From exhibition at de Young Museum, San Francisco 2017
The Quilts of Gee’s Bend. A favorite exhibition, exposing donations from Souls Grown Deep Foundation (supported by Eli Leon among others).
The women of Gee’s Bend was a small, rural, African American community in Alabama - making quilts of exceptionel beauty for over one hundred years. Also referred to as ‘My Way Quilts’. Carrying forward an old and proud tradition of textile made for home and family, Gee’s Bend quilts include works by as many as four generations of women in the same family. These quilts are acclaimed for their outstanding artistic achievement - quilts composed boldly and improvisationally (Re: the name ‘My Way Quilts’), in geometries and patterns that transform recycled work clothes and dresses, feed sacs and fabric remnants. The quilts of Gee’s Bend illuminate several significant aspects of American quiltmaking: quilts as sophisticated design, vessels of cultural survival, and portraits of women’s identities.