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Fabricating Women's History:
Quilts by Pat Carter

Fiber artist Pat Carter creates quilts with political and social themes, reflecting her background as an American women's historian. Her quilts pay homage to women suffragists, blues singers, and film makers, and are sometimes devoted to individuals such as Frida Kahlo, Georgia O'Keefe, and Zora Neale Hurston.

Ms. Carter combines traditional and contemporary patterns and methods in her quilts, using paint, photographs, beads, feathers, and other surface embellishments to produce dazzling mixed-media works.

Associate director of Women's Studies at the University of Connecticut, Ms. Carter teaches Women and the Artsand Women and Film. Two quilts she designed for the Women's Studies program and the 25th anniversary of the University's Women's Center are included in this exhibit. The Anniversary quilt bears the embroidered names of women who have affected the lives of other women and society in meaningful ways, acknowledging their everyday contributions and celebrating their accomplishments. A booklet containing the stories of the women whose names appear on the quilt accompanies the exhibit.

Dodd Research Center
March 3 - April 25, 1997

Pat Carter
University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT 06269

Selected Works                  

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