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2015 new books
And Still We Rise:
Race, Culture, and Visual Conversations
Carolyn L. Mazloomi
• Trace the path of African American history with a timeline of 97 original quilts by contemporary artists
• Explores 400 years of African American history with artists’ statements explaining their concepts
• Quilts were commissioned by the author for an exhibit touring museums in the U.S. through 2018
Contemporary quilt artists trace the path of black history in the United States with 97 original works
exploring important events, places, people, and ideas over 400 years. Arranged in chronological order, quilt
themes include the first enslaved people brought over by Dutch traders in 1619, the brave souls marching
for civil rights, the ascendant influence of African American culture on the American cultural landscape,
and the election of the first African American president. Other quilts commemorate and celebrate cultural
milestones and memories, such as the first black teacher, the Buffalo Soldier, the first black man to play
Othello on Broadway, Muhammed Ali, andMaya Angelou’s
I KnowWhy the Caged Bird Sings
. The 69 artists
who contributed works for this curated collection provide narrative explaining the important stories and
histories behind the quilts.
Carolyn L. Mazloomi
is among the most influential historians of African American quilts in the United
States. Mazloomi is the recipient of the 2014 Bess Lomax Hawes NEANational Heritage Fellowship Award,
the highest honor our nation bestows upon its folk and traditional artists.
Size: 8 1/2” x 11" • 97 color images • 208 pp.
ISBN: 978-0-7643-4928-7 • hard cover • $34.99
Hmong Story Cloths:
Preserving Historical & Cultural Treasures
Linda A. Gerdner, PhD, RN, FAAN
• 48 story cloths show the artistry of the Hmong while text explains the cloths’ cultural significance
• An in-depth look at the inspiration for and creation of Hmong story cloths
• Embroidered story cloths build upon one another to provide a holistic understanding of the Hmong people
Hmong story cloths provide a visual documentation of the historical and cultural legacy of theHmong people
from the country of Laos.TheHmong first beganmaking the story cloths during their time in refugee camps,
and featured here are 48 vibrant story cloths that provide a comprehensive look at their lives and culture.
The creation of a story cloth begins with the selection of fabric and images outlined onto the fabric. Long
satin stitches of multi-colored threads fill in the image, while details are applied with intricate satin stitches
and borders pieced together and hand-stitched. Topics include history, traditional life in Laos, Hmong New
Year, folk tales, and neighboring people. The quality and diversity of content of the story cloths build upon
one another to provide a holistic understanding of theHmong culture and history. Augmentedwith personal
stories and artifacts, this book is perfect for history buffs and textile artisans alike.
LindaA. Gerdner
’s love of theHmong people led to her passion for collecting story cloths. She has traveled
to the Hmong villages in rural Laos and the last refugee settlement in Thailand.
Size: 8 1/2" x 11" • 266 color & 3 b/w images • 160 pp.
ISBN: 978-0-7643-4859-4 • hard cover • $34.99
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