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LizzLoves Carolyn Mazloomi February 25, 2011

Quilting is an American tradition with deep roots. While this art is commonly known for its patterns or rural themes, it is also known for its folk and cultural influences that capture the stories of many generations.

Carolyn Mazloomi, African-American master quilter and historian, uses her thread and needle to tell the stories of women everywhere. Her work—which has included Asian women, African tribal art, and Billy Holiday—has been featured all over the world, including the Smithsonian Museum. (*check out the quilt gallery on her site)

Not long after she devoted her life to her art, Carolyn was moved to unite African-American quilters everywhere. So, she founded the Women of Color Quilters Network in 1985, making an indelible mark on the African-American community and creating a sisterhood through art and expression. What began as a handful of quilters is now a group of thousands of women.

Carolyn Mazloomi and her “sisters in the cloth” give a gift to all people by helping to keep the dying art of American quilting alive. Her influence is a constant source of inspiration to African-American quilters everywhere, like the The Brown Sugar Stitchers based out of Atlanta, GA. (*Thanks for sharing, Aunt Pat!)

Watch PBS’s video about Carolyn Mazloomi here. Watch as she creates her quilt called “Rasta.”

*And share your comments of women in art with me here on my blog!*

photo courtesy of CarolynMazloomi.com

 

LizzLoves Mrs. Goundo’s Daughter February 9, 2011

Friends, set your DVRs or jump that train that will get you home in time to catch some programming that will move you. Tonight, PBS will be airing a powerful documentary “Mrs. Goundo’s Daughter” at 7pm (check your local listings).

 

The film, produced by Barbara Attie and Janet Goldwater, follows a Malian woman’s fight for asylum in the U.S. through which she hopes to spare her two-year-old daughter from the violation and horrors of FGM (female genital mutilation).

 

FGM, also known as excision (and formerly referred to as female circumcision), is a deeply ingrained part of Mali’s culture and has been practiced for hundreds of years. However, FGM is now recognized by many, including the World Health Organization, as a human rights violation.

 

While the story is sad and disturbing, you will be inspired by the bravery of survivors of FGM and those who are speaking out against it in order to create real change.

 

Thank you, Attie and Goldwater, for bringing this story to the masses.