Today’s podcast guest is Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi. Carolyn is a quilt historian, curator, author, lecturer, artist, wife and mother. She also founded the African American Quilt Guild of Los Angeles and the Women of Color Quilters Network. Passionate about educating the public about African American quilts, Carolyn has curated 17 exhibits including the largest travel exhibit of African American quilts called “Still We Rise: Race, Culture and Visual Conversations” along with having her own quilts in over 70 exhibits. She was named the National Heritage Fellow by the National Endowment for the Arts in 2014 and the Distinguished Scholar and celebrated artist lifetime achievement award by Faith Ringgold’s Anyone Can Fly Foundation. She was inducted into the Quilters Hall of Fame Museum in 2016.
During our conversation, we talk about what she considers to be her greatest achievement, dispelling the myth of what an African American quilt might look like, why quilts are her passion, the line between inspiration and appropriation along with art being reflective of a community’s social, political and cultural current. As a warning, there are a few explicit words. I hope you enjoy the episode.
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