EPU II at Crystal Coast Review

Thank you Jennifer Allen of the Carteret County News-Times for this wonderful article about Cultural Cloth and the Crystal Coast Quilters Guild.  Click  on the links to view the article in a new window.

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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Thank Thank you Diane for the lovely review of E Pluribus Unum II at the Crystal Coast Quilters Guild show.  I’m so happy you enjoyed the exhibit and that its mission to highlight the many cultures that make America great is a success

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I’m one of those who was fortunate enough to make it to the quilt show to see this exhibit and am extremely happy I was there.

Although of uniform size, the quilts themselves were as varied as the makers and their stories.  Some used symbolism, many used family heirlooms such as handmade lace or native costume ribbons that trimmed them, and almost all used photos  They were bright, somber, colorful, subdued and all nuances in between.  I took time to read each statement and enjoyed the connections to the past whether through a single individual or national heritage.  One thing I especially noticed was how often it was a female family member.  My favorite was the Irish quilt, but that’s because I have Irish background!

I’ve watched some of the “Who do you think you Are” episodes which started me wondering about some of my family history and seeing the quilts just made me that much more curious.  Guess it’s time to add geneology to my list of pursuits.

If any of you have an opportunity to see this exhibit or are in a position to bring it to your community, I would definitely encourage you to do so.  Knowing where — and who — we came from helps us know who we are and where we want to go.  And you have great art at the same time!  OK, that’s my 2 cents worth and humble opinion!


NOTE:  For ease of shipping and hanging the exhibit, one of the requirements to participants was to keep the quilts uniform in size.

If you would like to share your impression of E Pluribus Unum II or the Cultural Cloth workshop, please do so in the comment section below.


Crystal Coast Quilters Host E Pluribus Unum II

Crystal Coast Ponders the Wonders of E Pluribus Unum

What is better than viewing great art quilts? Viewing them against the backdrop of the ocean on a beautiful Spring day with blue skies and a lovely breeze!

What a pleasure it was to see E Pluribus Unum II: Cultures in Cloth showing at the Crystal Coast Quilters Guild 28th

Roots by Louisa Smith

Annual Show in Morehead City, NC. Enhanced by the lovely black drape, enough room was allocated to allow for viewers to experience each work individually.
I had to opportunity to speak with visitors about the exhibit, and as I hoped, they shared their own stories of becoming American either through ancestry or personally. With a parent, grandparent, or ancestor that overcame great challenges to become American, or through good old fashioned ingenuity, each left a mark on this country that deserves remembrance.

Many had questions about the variety of techniques used in the art quilts: How did Sandra Betts create that holographic image? What kind of paint was used? Those beads are just perfect against the macrame!

The required photo-transfer images in each work were as diverse as the quilts themselves. Visitors marveled the work from various angles, noting the effects created both up close and afar.

From Sea to Shining Sea by CCQG Member Laurie Mayo

Hanging with the exhibit were quilted collages created by members of the Crystal Coast Quilters Guild in the Cultural Cloth: Exploring and Expressing Our Cultural Histories a couple of months before the show. The works are amazing, and highlight the intent of this project: to celebrate through an artful and insightful manner, the many ways Americans came to Americans.

Heritage is important to Americans, individually and collectively. It is the independent individual who continues the American Independence.

To see more images of the E Pluribus Unum II and Cultural Cloth quilts from the Crystal Coast Quilters Guild show, please visit Cultural Cloth on Facebook .  Contact culturalcloth@gmail.com to learn about bringing E Pluribus Unum II and Cultural Cloth to your guild or community.  As always, please leave a comment below.