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.


EPU II at the Border

Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with the members of the Frontera Quilt Guild in Harlingen, Texas. Sharing art quilts, and more importantly, providing a preview of E Pluribus Unum II: Cultures in Cloth (EPU II), showed just how important this exhibit is.

Ann showing cultural art quilts.

Before the meeting and during the break, the quilts of EPU II were available for up close viewing. During the presentation, I read the statements and spoke about the purpose of the exhibit, intent of the artists and techniques utilized in the works while guild volunteers walked the room with the quilts.

Through the art of fiber and words, each quilt told a story of just one aspect of how each came to be American, as well as Canadian for some of our artists. Whether they traveled from other continents, or spoke to their Native American ancestry, all the participants portrayed the pride they feel in E Pluribus Unum, and provided hope that we all can be part of one America, out of many cultures.

Speaking to a full house, and into overtime, the quilts of EPU II, as well as some of my own cultural art quilts, touched everyone. Unfortunately, we ran out of time before all questions could be answered, but some members stayed beyond the lecture to talk more about the quilts while I packed up the exhibit.

On behalf of the artists of EPU II, and the artists of Quiltart.com, thank you Frontera Quilt Guild for hosting E Pluribus Unum II. It was a joy to visit with you all and hear some of the stories of how you came to be American. Each is unique and, simultaneously, universal.

Please feel free to leave your comments on the exhibit below.

Culturally Yours,

Ann Flaherty

Now Showing: E Pluribus Unum II

Medicine Lodge Creek by Linda H. MacDonald

Medicine Creek Lodge by Linda H. MacDonald

E Pluribus Unum II: Cultures in Cloth is now open for viewing in the Quiltart.com galleries.  A remarkable collection of art quilts, these works reflect the many cultures that comprise our nation, articulating our motto: E Pluribus Unum (Out of Many, One).

Imagine the journeys of the people whose stories are depicted in this exhibit. Whether they traveled the world or were native to these lands, each had personal trials to overcome in their path to America.

As you wander through our online gallery, consider E Pluribus Unum and how these simple words played a role in making this country the great republic that has offered refuge and prosperity to so many.

We are all individual in our beliefs, yet as one we understand that we are all human, that we can grow together under the liberties of our Constitution, that we all strive for the same goal, a better life for our children and our children’s children.

To schedule E Pluribus Unum II:  Cultures in Cloth at a venue near you, please visit About the Exhibit:  E Pluribus Unum II or write to culturalcloth@gmail.com.

Also available is the workshop, Cultural Cloth:  Exploring and Expressing Our Cultural Histories.

We would love to hear from you! Please return here after viewing the exhibit and share your thoughts, comments and EPU II experiences in the comment section below.  We each have our own ‘American’ story to tell.

Carolina Mixed Media Shows Their Work in Raleigh, NC

art-carolinas-venue-11Collages created in Cultural Cloth workshops are receiving enthusiastic responses. It was an honor to see the work of Carolina Mixed Media Art Guild (CMMAG) members displayed at the Art of the Carolinas 2008 event this weekend at the Hilton North in Raleigh, NC.

Hundreds of visitors were greeted with CC collage pieces at the CMMAG booth as they entered the venue. Responding with oohs and aahs, questions and comments, the visitor interest in the cultures depicted in the works clearly met the third goal of Cultural Cloth workshops: to bring the community into the discussion .

To view more finished Cultural Cloth fiber collage pieces, please click on the Cultural Cloth Gallery I page above. There you will find wonderful examples created in the workshop, along with the artist statements.

Please take a moment to write a response to the works, make a general comment or ask a question, and always feel free to write to directly to culturalcloth@gmail.com.