A Piece of My Soul

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Arkansas is well known for its rich tradition of upland folk arts. Little, however, has been reported from the lowland areas, particulary on African American contributions to the state's cultural heritage. A Piece of My Soul: Quilts by Black Arkansans seeks to rectify that oversight by drawing attention to the extensive, important collection of African American quilts in the Old State House Museum in Little Rock. Over seventy-five individual pieces of patchwork art are presented in this publication in full-color...
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Overview


Arkansas is well known for its rich tradition of upland folk arts. Little, however, has been reported from the lowland areas, particulary on African American contributions to the state's cultural heritage. A Piece of My Soul: Quilts by Black Arkansans seeks to rectify that oversight by drawing attention to the extensive, important collection of African American quilts in the Old State House Museum in Little Rock. Over seventy-five individual pieces of patchwork art are presented in this publication in full-color plates, each with a commentary by the exhibit's guest curator, Cuesta Benberry. The book details the importance of quilting to black Arkansans; the quilts' uses, materials and construction; and what each piece says about the artist and her beliefs. We are granted a glimpse into the living conditions and cultural mores of the quilters' lives. Regionalisms, such as the unusual custom of renaming traditional quilt patterns for things seen in the farmyard, such as Rooster Tail or Chicken Feet, and of piecing patchwork funerary cloths to decorate coffins are discussed. This impressive collection of cultural artifacts is placed in the larger context of the African American experience through an introduction by noted scholar Raymond Dobard (art history, Howard University), co-author, with Jacqueline Tobin, of the highly acclaimed book, Hidden in Plain View: The Secret Story of Quilts and the Underground Railroad (1999, Doubleday). All those interested in American folk art, the quilting craft, and black history will find this beautiful book fascinating and rewarding.
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"Benberry clearly articulates the story behind each quilt and quiltmaker . . . in the finest Benberry tradition. We are all invited to see the quilts for the material culture that they are and to be inspired." —Raymond Dobard, author of Hidden in Plain View: The Secret Story of Quilts and the Underground Railroad "Benberry clearly articulates the story behind each quilt and quiltmaker . . . in the finest Benberry tradition. We are all invited to see the quilts for the material culture that they are and to be inspired." —Raymond Dobard, author of Hidden in Plain View: The Secret Story of Quilts and the Underground Railroad "Benberry clearly articulates the story behind each quilt and quiltmaker . . . in the finest Benberry tradition. We are all invited to see the quilts for the material culture that they are and to be inspired." —Raymond Dobard, author of Hidden in Plain View: The Secret Story of Quilts and the Underground Railroad
From The Critics
A Piece Of My Soul: Quilts By Black Arkansans showcases more than seventy-five individual pieces of patchwork quilt art in full-color photography. Each is accompanied by Cuesta Benberry's informative commentary as she details the importance of quilting to black Arkansas and the extensive holdings of African American quilts in the Old State House Museum in Little Rock, Arkansas. Enthusiastically recommended reading for students of Black History, souther popular culture, and the needlecraft arts, A Piece Of My Soul explains the quilt's uses, materials, and construction, as well as what each piece featured says about the needlecraft artist and her beliefs.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557286208
  • Publisher: University of Arkansas Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2000
  • Pages: 158
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Cuesta Benberry, who for over thirty years has researched and studied quilts, is internationally known for her scholarship on quilts. She has most recently authored Always There: The African-American Presence in American Quilts (1992, The Kentucky Quilt Project) and Patchwork Pieces of Long Ago: An Anthology of Quilt Fiction (1993, Collector Books).
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