112 pp., 8.5 x 11, 73 color / 50 b&w illus., notes, bibl
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-4995-8
Published: September 2002
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Undertaking a national search to locate slave-crafted textiles, Gladys-Marie Fry uncovered a treasure trove of pieces. The 123 color and black and white photographs featured here highlight many of the finest and most interesting examples of the quilts, woven coverlets, counterpanes, rag rugs, and crocheted artifacts attributed to slave women and men. In a new preface, Fry reflects on the inspiration behind her original research--the desire to learn more about her enslaved great-great-grandmother, a skilled seamstress--and on the deep and often emotional chords the book has struck among readers bonded by an interest in African American artistry.
About the Author
Gladys-Marie Fry is Professor Emerita of Folklore and English at the University of Maryland at College Park. She has also curated more than a dozen exhibitions at institutions such as the American Folk Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery, Anacostia Museum, Smithsonian Institution. Her books and exhibition catalogs include Night Riders in Black Folk History, Man Made: African American Men and Quilting Traditions, and Black Folk Art in Cleveland.
For more information about Gladys-Marie Fry, visit the Author Page.
"Includes many illustrations of surviving slave-made quilts, some utilitarian and others wonderful examples of the seamstress's art."--Washington Post Book World
"Stitched from the Soul is an interesting study showing how African culture influenced American quilting as well as commenting on the life of the slave."--Library Journal
"Offers an unusual glimpse into the creativity of slaves."--Publishers Weekly
"A richly illustrated collection of needlework by African-American slave women."--Chicago Sun-Times