Gees Bend – Comfort & Art

necessities’ art

salvaged scraps stitched carefully

an eye to beauty

Gees’ own winter countView photo.JPG in slide show

Each maps a time’s history

unlikely treasures

Sad how often the world dismisses out of hand the work called women’s work.

The women of Gees Bend sewed their quilts of necessity to keep themselves and their families warm.

Just because they were necessary, didn’t mean they had to be ordinary.  Anything worth doing was well.  These are anything but ordinary.  As vibrant and alive as any famous artist’s work, perhaps more so because they tell a story of a time as well as keep the maker and her family warm.

One woman made a quilt of all the clothing of her deparView photo.JPG in slide showted husband’s clothes to wrap herself in when she missed him in the night – art as beauty, function and comfort – art doesn’t get any better than that.

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