"With story quilts, this activist artist—concerned throughout her career with issues of feminism and race—creates a new expression that acknowledges cultural and personal history. Domestic arts—sewing, quilting, weaving—have long been associated with women, and quilting reflects the folk traditions (and the struggles and achievements) of black women. For Ringgold, the fact that her mother was a dressmaker and fashion designer adds another evocative layer of meaning and history to an already loaded medium. Storytelling, too—the expression of narrative—carries dense referents with legends, tales, even jokes associated with African-American community life and oral history." - metmuseum.org

Faith Ringgold

Street Story Quilt 

1985

Acrylic on canvas, dyed, painted and pieced fabric

http://www.faithringgold.com