Monday, January 08, 2007

English Eccentrics & Gee's Bend, Alabama

I just came across this necklace over at English Eccentrics. Their new collection is based on the papercuts of author Hans Christian Anderson. Featuring Enchanted Forest fashions and a fragrance which evokes the smell of a wood cutter's cottage. Take a look at their sketchbooks too. They are full of inspiration.

Here's to the U.S. Postal Service who have celebrated the quilting legacy of four generations of African-American women living in Gee's Bend, Alabama. "Noted for their unexpected color combinations, bold patterns, and improvised designs, the quilts of Gee's Bend are also remarkable for the humble materials with which they are made and the humbler circumstances in which they are born. Until recently, necessity limited the quilters to fabric from everyday items such as flour sacks, old dresses, and worn-out denim and flannel work clothes. Stains, mended holes and tears, faded patches, and seams all became integral parts of a quilt's design and ensured that the materials, as well as the quilts, told the story of Gee's Bend."

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