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Sewing Stories: Harriet Powers' Journey from Slave to Artist
Sewing Stories: Harriet Powers' Journey from Slave to Artist | Barbara Herkert, Vanessa Brantley-Newton
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An illuminating picture book biography of an artist and former slave whose patchwork quilts bring the stories of her family to life. Harriet Powers learned to sew and quilt as a young slave girl on a Georgia plantation. She lived through the Civil War and Reconstruction, and eventually owned a cotton farm with her family, all the while relying on her skills with the needle to clothe and feed her children. Later she began making pictorial quilts, using each square to illustrate Bible stories and local legends. She exhibited her quilts at local cotton fairs, and though she never traveled outside of Georgia, her quilts are now priceless examples of African American folk art. Barbara Herkerts lyrical narrative and Vanessa Newtons patchwork illustrations bring this important artist to life in a moving picture-book biography.
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#SoaringScores Day 23: Harriet Powers did not go through formal schooling to learn her art. Rather, it is an organic skill that she picked up and acquired from childhood, as this is part of her family‘s way of living and making meaning of their existence. The quilt‘s patches tell a coherent story – a way of marking time, memories, and significant events especially #NowWeAreFree. A remarkable story. My review: https://wp.me/pDlzr-kFE

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