Sherri Lynn Wood
SHERRI LYNN WOOD is a working artist based in Oakland, CA. She is the recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant for Painters and Sculptors, and a two-time MacDowell Colony Fellow. Most recently she completed a four-month residency at Recology San Francisco with the task of presenting a body of work made completely from materials scavenged from the city dump. She has been making quilts and facilitating improvisational patchwork as a restorative life practice for twenty-five years. Teaching credits include Penland School of Craft, QuiltCon, and numerous modern and traditional guilds across the US and abroad. She is the author of The Improv Handbook For Modern Quilters – A Guide to Creating, Quilting and Living Courageously (Abrams 2015).
Merikay is particularly fond of the quilts made without a pattern. She finds joy in the so-called "mistakes" where rules are broken. Her slide presentation will focus on those quilts. From her own collection, she will bring Southern examples of feedsack, scrap, and string quilts.
Merikay Waldvogel is a quilt historian, curator and author living in Knoxville, Tennessee since 1976. She has written several books and articles. She has served on the Boards of the American Quilt Study Group and the Quilt Alliance. In retirement, she travels more often to seek out birds in faraway lands. Quilts and their stories remain her passion.
Michael A. Cummings
Michael James Surface Design Journal
Dr. Carolyn L. Mazloomi
From founding the African-American Quilt Guild of Los Angles in 1981 to in 1985 founding the Women of Color Quilters Network (WCQN), Mazloomi has been at the forefront of educating the public about the diversity of interpretation, styles and techniques among African American quilters as well as educating a younger generation of African Americans about their own history through the quilts the WCQN members create.
A major force as an artist in her own right, Carolyn Mazloomi’s quilts have been exhibited extensively in venues such as the Mint Museum, American Folk Art Museum in New York City, National Civil Rights Museum, Museum of Art and Design, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum, and the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC Her pictorial narrative quilts make plain her personal themes: family life, women’s rights, political freedom, and musical legacy. Her own quilts have appeared in over 70 exhibits, while she has curated 17 extensive exhibits of quilts made by members of the Women of Color Quilters Network, many of them traveling exhibits. Among the many exhibitions she has curated is “Still We Rise: Race, Culture and Visual Conversations,” which visually surveys 400 years of African American history. It is the largest traveling exhibit of African-American quilts ever mounted.