From Kente Cloth to Bead Cloth

From Kente Cloth to Bead Cloth by Elaine Parker. Photo by India Brantley

From Kente Cloth to Bead Cloth is a very unusual quilt made by Elaine Parker. This small 14 x 26 inch quilt is made of beads. Elaine wove the seed beads into blocks to create the Kente cloth, then hand quilted the piece. She embellished it with cowrie shells.

Elaine Parker

From Kente Cloth to Bead Cloth was recently part of the 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival held at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. The 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival opens July 29th.

To see more of Elaine’s work visit her exhibit entitled Encore which runs November 10, 2011 – December 31, 2011 at the Atrium on Sweet Auburn Art Gallery, Oddfellows Building, 236 Auburn Avenue, Atlanta, GA, 9 – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday.

Timeless Sands

Timeless Sands by Aisha Lumumba

The featured quilt of the week in the November 7, 2010 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt  is called Timeless Sands, and it was made by Aisha Lumumba. It is one of the quilts featured in an upcoming quilt exhibit called Vistas. In addition to the quilts of Aisha, the exhibit will feature the quilts of Janice Hunter and the bead work of Elaine Parker. 

Timeless Sands is a landscape quilt. This type of quilt allows the quilter to become an artist as the quilt is created in free form without a pattern. The fabric becomes the paint as the quilters choose fabrics that will lend realism to the quilt.  In her quilt, Aisha also included herdsmen and camels to give the desert scene more realism.

Aisha Lumumba

Be sure to see the entire exhibit which opens November 15, 2010 and runs through December 31, 2010. Admission is free. The exhibit  is being held at the Atrium Gallery in the lobby of the Oddfellows Building, 236 Auburn Avnue in downtown Atlanta. Exhibit hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily. All of the quilts are offered for sale. The opening reception is November 18, 2010 from 6 – 8 p.m.

Serendipity Exhibit Opens October 22 at Fort Valley State

Resplendent by Aisha Lumumba

The quilts of Aisha Lumumba and the bead work of Elaine Parker will be on display in an exhibit called Serendipity. The exhibit, which opens October 22, 2010  with an artists’ talk at 6 p.m.,  will be held at the Fort Valley State Fine Art Gallery, 103 E. Main street, Fort Valley, GA. The exhibit continues through November 30, 2010.

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Adorned by Elaine Parker, 2009. Photo by India Brantley

The featured quilt in the January 3, 2010 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt  is called Adorned,  and it was created by Elaine Parker.
Elaine is known for her exquisite bead work, and this quilt is no exception.  The piece which measures 12 x 12 inches starts with an appliqued lady on an orange background. It was quilted and then adorned with hundreds of beads. The beads are all sewn by hand.

Elaine Parker

Clearly this is a lady who is comfortable with who she is. She is not shy about expresses her individuality and feels no qualms about standing out in a crowd.
She also appears to be deep in thought. I wonder what such a regal woman thinks about.

Simple Play


Simple Play, by Aisha Lumumba, 2009.

Simple Play was the  featured quilt of the week in the November 29, 2009 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt© newsletter. It was created by Aisha Lumumba. This quilt is part of a wonderful fiber, bead and mixed media exhibit at the Atrium on Sweet Auburn.  Each piece of art in the exhibit features butterflies, and the exhibit is entitled Resplendent
Aisha has captured some of our fondest childhood memories in Simple Play. When I saw it, I was instantly transported to Crossett, Arkansas, having been ordered by my mother to go outside and play until it was time for church.

Aisha Lumumba

The dresses and the socks add dimension to this beautiful applique quilt. Simple Play measures 52 x 45 inches and sells for $6000.00.

Resplendent, which also includes the work of Elaine Parker and Janice Hunter, continues through December 31, 2009. 

The Atrium on Sweet Auburn is located at 236 Auburn Avenue in Atlanta. Hours are from 9 -5 p.m. daily. For more information call 404-792-1155 or visit Aisha’s web site.

Kente Cloth

Kente Cloth by Elaine Parker

Kente Cloth by Elaine Parker

If you have attended any quilt shows lately, you may have noticed that embellishments are all the rage now. Quilters are adding beads, crystals, buttons and anything else they can find to add depth and dimension to their quilts. This evolution attests to the fact that quilts are truly considered works of art now.

Kente Cloth, which was featured in the November 30, 2008 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter,  is actually extraordinary bead work weaved together to create a beaded version of Kente cloth. This exceptional beadwork was done by Elaine Parker.

The top picture shows the finished piece, and the bottom picture shows a closeup of one small section of the piece. Quilting requires a lot of patience, but bead work probably requires ten

Elaine Parker

Elaine Parker

times as much!

You can see this piece and others in the Extraordinary Results exhibit that is currently at the Atrium on Sweet Auburn Art Gallery, 236 Auburn Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30303. The exhibit is open from 9- 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and continues through December 31, 2008. For more information call 404-792-1155.

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