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Joan M. E. Gaither
Documentary Story Quilter
My American Series 2004-2011
Dr. Gaither's process involves sharing the familiar experiences, sharing stories, and the moving out from that to incorporate others. Identity, choices we make, and then how these are layered. The format, the structure, felt like a perfect fit that it becomes more than that. Quilts protect us, keep us warm, are easily accessible. People have some knowledge of at least comfort quilts. Quilts are holders, holding the human stories, not just comfort quilts.
Homage to Ed and Sylvia Brown
Celebrating the generous philanthropic contributions of Ed & Sylvia Brown to the cultural institutions in Baltimore City, the Brown's quilt is a 25-quilt square format with each square representing an aspect of the Browns' gifts, personal philosphies, philanthropy, or heritage.
Trails Tracks Tarmac
The Trails Tracks Tarmac Quilt, aka the Community Quilt, is a crazy quilt design documenting the history and culture of Northern Anne Arundel County, Maryland.
Poulson Slaver Quilt
The Poulson Slaver Quilt documents the history of slavery in Maryland.
The Baltimore Washington Thurgood Marshall Airport Quilt, aka the Airport Quilt, tells the lives of the communities and individuals attached to the land under BWI airport.
Journey to the White House
The Journey to the White House Quilt chronicles Barack Obama's rise to the presidency, documenting his life story and political journey to the White House.
Black Watermen of the Chesapeake Bay
The Black Watermen of the Chesapeake Bay Quilt tells the stories of this unique Maryland community including images and references to Maryland’s maritime history, several notable African American watermen, and the many African American men and women involved in Maryland’s maritime industry.
National Black Threatre Festival
The National Black Theatre Festival Quilt documents the history of the National Black Theatre Festival held in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in August during odd-numbered years.
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