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Oral history interview with Carolyn Mazloomi

Interviewee:
Mazloomi, Carolyn  Search this
Interviewer:
Cubbs, Joanne  Search this
Creator:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Names:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Women of Colour Quilters Network  Search this
Adkins, Minnie, 1934-  Search this
Benberry, Cuesta  Search this
Cargo, Robert T.  Search this
Connell, Martha Stamm  Search this
Freeman, Roland L., 1936-  Search this
Hill, Lauryn  Search this
Johnson, Nkosi, 1989-2001  Search this
Miller, Edjohnetta  Search this
Sisto, Penny  Search this
Wilson, Marie  Search this
Extent:
16 Items (Sound recording: 16 sound files (4 hr., 33 min.), digital, wav)
56 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2002 September 17-30
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Carolyn Mazloomi conducted 2002 September 17 and 30, by Joanne Cubbs, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, in West Chester, Ohio. Mazloomi speaks of growing up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with a family of self-taught artists; the positive influence of her aunt and teacher Dr. Carter; the generation of African American quilt-makers who followed a gap in quilt-making post-slavery; she describes her previous career as an aeronautical engineer and her transition to quilt-making; how she identifies herself as a craftsperson, not an artist; her experience with Baltimore album and Appalachian quilts; learning to quilt; the Women of Color Quilter's Network and its economic and social development programs; her book, "Spirits of the Cloth"; the positive and negative aspects of travel; the false generalizations of African American quilts in academic circles; the importance of gender, race, and ethnicity in her work; her connection to "praise songs"; she discusses functional vs. nonfunctional quilts; the market for "hand-crafted" quilts; agents and galleries; she describes her working environment; adopting the use of a sewing machine in her work; the importance of community; her technique; her accomplishment of placing African-American quilts in the Renwick Gallery; the influence of magazines, including "Raw Vision;" her aversion to commissions; expanding her use of materials and technology; her exhibitions; her role as an advocate and dealer; finding inspiration in black and white linocuts and her use of color in quilts; and making a connection with her audience. Mazloomi also recalls Marie Wilson, Cuesta Benberry, Edjohnetta Miller, Roland Freeman, Robert Cargo, Martha Connell, Penny Sisto, Minnie Adkins, Nkosi Johnson, and Lauryn Hill.
Biographical / Historical:
Carolyn Mazloomi (1948- ) is a quilt maker from West Chester, Ohio.
General:
Originally recorded on 4 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 16 digital wav files. Duration is 4 hrs., 33 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Occupation:
Quiltmakers -- Ohio  Search this
Topic:
Decorative arts  Search this
Quilting -- Study and teaching  Search this
Quilting -- Technique  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Baltimore album quilts  Search this
African American artists  Search this
African American quiltmakers  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.mazloo02
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-mazloo02

[Minnie Adkins : miscellaneous uncataloged material]

Author:
Adkins, Minnie 1934-  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries Art and Artist Files Collection DSI  Search this
Subject:
Adkins, Minnie 1934-  Search this
Type:
Books
Vertical files
Artist files
Call number:
AAF--Adkins, Minnie
Restrictions & Rights:
FOLDER(S) DO NOT CIRCUATE. FOLDERS MUST BE CONSULTED ON SITE
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_563813

Figural quilts, Minnie Adkins and Sarah May Taylor : Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, WV, May 26-June 30, 1991

Author:
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Adkins, Minnie 1934- Exhibitions  Search this
Taylor, Sarah Mary Exhibitions  Search this
Physical description:
4 p. folded : ill
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1991
Topic:
African American quiltmakers  Search this
African American quilts  Search this
Call number:
VF-- Textiles-- Afro-American
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_535244

Black Bear, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Adkins, Minnie 1934-  Search this
Medium:
Carved and painted basswood
Type:
Sculptures-Folk
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Huntington Museum of Art 2033 McCoy Road Huntington West Virginia 25701 Accession Number: 1991.46.1
Date:
1987
Topic:
Animal--Bear  Search this
Control number:
IAS 56980030
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_379563

Red Fox, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Adkins, Minnie 1934-  Search this
Medium:
Carved and painted wood
Type:
Sculptures-Folk
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Huntington Museum of Art 2033 McCoy Road Huntington West Virginia 25701 Accession Number: 1991.46.2
Date:
1988
Topic:
Animal--Fox  Search this
Control number:
IAS 56980033
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_379576

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