SIA: Bible Quilt + new co-host

Big news on the Style Imitating Art (SIA) front! One of the SIA co-founders, Jess @ Animated Cardigan, needs to step away from SIA and focus on other things. She will still be cheering on SIA from the sidelines and hopefully will be able to participate from time to time. Jess encouraged us to seek another co-host, and Salazar and I reached out to Erin @ Loop Looks, a longtime SIA participant. We’re so happy that Erin is joining us in co-hosting SIA and curating artwork to challenge and inspire us all! 😀

We take turns to curate and host the biweekly SIA challenges, so here’s a quick peek at the upcoming schedule:

  • Jen @ Librarian for Life + Style (that’s me!):  Monday, Feb. 15 (today’s post), submissions open through Monday, Feb. 22; round-up next Tuesday, Feb. 23
  • Erin @ Loop Looks:  New SIA challenge on Monday, Feb. 29
  • Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey:  New SIA challenge on Monday, March 14

Now onto my next SIA choice! February is African American History Month in the United States, so I wanted to highlight an African-American woman artist. In my research, I came across Harriet Powers (1837-1910), an African-American former slave, folk artist, and quilt maker from Georgia. Two of her quilts have survived, including her Bible Quilt, seen below, which is in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. The story behind the sale of this quilt is fascinating, which you can read about in detail here on the Smithsonian’s site.

Harriet Powers was inducted into the Georgia Women of Achievement Hall of Fame in 2009, and you can also read more about Harriet Powers here on the Early Women Masters site.

Bible Quilt - Harriet Powers - 1885-86

Bible Quilt – Harriet Powers – 1885-86

I’m no stranger to choosing different kinds of artwork for SIA — including sculptures and jewelry and short films — and it felt like the right time to choose a textile work of art for SIA. This is a beautiful and bold example of American folk art, and the colors — orange, grey, black, tan, and bits of red — are also strong and striking. Lots of scope for interpretation — and inspiration!

So how do you participate in SIA? All are welcome to participate, whether you have a blog or not. Just send a pic of something you wear inspired by this week’s artwork, and email me a pic by next Monday, February 22, by 10 p.m. PST. I will post the SIA round-up on my blog the following morning.

In the meantime, also check out my fellow SIA curators, Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey and Erin @ Loop Looks!


5 thoughts on “SIA: Bible Quilt + new co-host

  1. Mike

    Hey Jen! Yeah, I just read the big news about Jess stepping down from SIA on Salazar’s blog (which really saddens me), but at the same time, I am happy that Erin will be one of your new co-hosts!
    I already told her on her blog that I sometimes send you all new suggestions and ideas that I may have for future SIA challenges so that she can be prepared! 😉

    Anyway, I wanted to say that I think that this choice that you made for this week’s SIA challenge is awesome. It not only celebrates Black History Month, but also a great woman, Harriet Powers. It sort of brings both Black History Month and Women’s History Month together, which is just wonderful.

    And seeing this quilt reminds me of this book that I read some time ago called “The Invention Of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd. It’s a remarkable story about two girls, Hetty (known as “Handful”) and Sarah Grimke (who was a real person that later became a great advocator of women’s rights as well as speaking out against slavery). The recurring theme of the story is Handful’s mother’s quilt that she is making, which shows the sort of history of her life and her family’s life as I recall. I’d like to go back to the story again because it is very well written and is just an overall great read. I highly recommend it!

      1. Mike

        You’re welcome Jen! And thank YOU for allowing me to participate! I’ve never really been a part of anything before so I think it’s wonderful that everyone welcomes me to participate. I remember how shy I was when I first started! So thank you again! You, Salazar and Jess are the best! And I know that Erin will do wonderfully as your new co-host!

        Yes, it was a great book. If you can, listen to the audio version. It’s read by two people who play the parts of the main characters and both are done really well. It was also a nice introduction to a little bit of history as some parts of the story are true, based off of Sarah’s life.
        I highly recommend it!


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