We Who Believe in Freedom
(Paper Moon Publishing, West Chester, OH, 2019)
In honor of the 55th anniversary of the Freedom Riders, members of the Women of Color Quilters Network features quilts that tell the story of the African-American experience. The quilts present commentary on the Civil Rights movement and issues of race in America, building upon “symbols of liberation, resistance and empowerment."
Yours for Race and Country: Reflections on the life of Colonel Charles Young
(Paper Moon Publishing, West Chester, OH, 2020)
This book provides a visual diary of the extraordinary life of Col. Charles Young, a military hero. He spoke several languages, he was the third African American to graduate from West Point; received the NAACP Spingarn Medal for his service as an attaché in Liberia; the first African American U. S. Park Service Superintendent of Sequoia and Grant National Parks; leader of the Buffalo Soldier Regiment; he defeated Pancho Villa’s forces in Mexico without losing a single soldier; and was a talented musician and composer.
Journey of Hope: Quilts Inspired by President Barack Obama
(Voyageur Publications, Minneapolis, MN, 2010)
Journey of Hope is a gallery of more than 100 stunning quilts inspired by President Obama’s historic path to the White House. The works range from the poignantly abstract to the grippingly realistic and feature techniques including piecing, painting, appliqué, embroidery, dyeing, beading, and more.
Textural Rhythms: Quilting the Jazz Traditional
(Paper Moon Publishing, West Chester, OH, 2007)
Textural Rhythms: Quilting the Jazz Tradition unite the two most well known, and popular artistic forms in African American culture jazz and quilts. These quilt artists have harnessed in cloth the spirit of jazz, and let us feel, hear, and see jazz music.
Spirits of the Cloth: Contemporary African American Quilts
(Clarkson Potter Press/Random House, New York, NY, 1998)
Spirits of the Cloth is one of the first popular books to showcase the work of contemporary African-American quilters. Winner of ” Non-Fiction Best Book” of the Year by the American Library Association.
Quilting African American Women’s History: Our Challenges, Creativity, and Champions
(Paper Moon Publishing, West Chester, OH, 2008)
The book is a visual survey of African American women’s history through art. The artworks, created by fifty-three women and men, speak of challenges, creativity, and champions of African American women.
Threads of Faith: Recent Works
from the Women of Color Quilters Network
(Museum of Biblical Art, New York, NY, 2004)
Threads of Faith details how today’s African American artisans are reinvigorating a traditional craft form and developing religious imagery which reflects their lives and communities. The artworks in Threads of Faith represent a blending of African and European religious traditions and illustrate a variety of interpretations, styles, uses, and techniques.
Conscience of the Human Spirit:
The Life of Nelson Mandela
(Michigan State University Press, 2014)
In 2013 the world mourned the passing of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, one of its most revered champions of human rights. Mandela provided a moral compass for how we treat each other, how we lead our own lives, and how we need to continue to strive for a just, fair, non-racial, and democratic society. Artists around the world have long made quilts in tribute to Mandela and in support and advocacy for the principles to which he was devoted. But it was for South Africans and African Americans, that making quilts in tribute to Mandela has had special meaning. An exhibition, featuring over 80 quilts made in 2013 and 2014, developed by the Michigan State University Museum and the Women of Color Quilters Network in association with quilt artists across South Africa.
And Still We Rise: Race, Culture and Visual Conversations
(Schiffer Publications, Atglen, PA, 2015)
Contemporary quilt artists trace the path of black history in the United States with ninety-seven original works exploring important events, places, people and ideas over 400 years. The quilts are arranged in chronological order, with each artist providing narrative explaining the important stories and histories behind the quilts.