Alice Beasley, "I've been making fabric portraits 1988. Rather than relying upon templates or photo projections, I prefer to work directly, building a composition in the same manner as a painter working on a canvas. All pieces are cut free-hand from fabric with scissors or rotary cutter, fused and machine appliqued. In addition to my fiber art, I am also a wire sculptor." Here, "The Three Graces" 78" x 72", cotton/rayon.
Carolyn Mazloomi describes herself as "simply a quilter who happens to be African American." Quilt artist, curator, and author of the new book on Afro-American quilting, "Spirits of the Cloth," Dr. Mazloomi may happen to be African American, but she is far more than "simply" a quilter.