July 20, 2019 Quilt Day – April Anue Shipp – “Griot of the Cloth”

Doors open at 8:15 am, and the meeting begins at 9:15 am.

Lecture by April Anue Shipp:

“Griot of the Cloth”

April enjoys making quilts with spiritual and historical significance. She has participated in historical quilt projects such as: The Diversity Quilt for the University of Michigan (published in Nov. 2002 Quilters Newsletter Magazine); and The Detroit 300th Anniversary Underground Railroad Quilt, which was donated to The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

In 2002 April’s quilt, Road to Rwanda, was a finalist in the UAW DaimlerChrysler Artist at Work Competition.

Her largest quilt to date, Strange Fruit: A Century of Lynching and Murder, was completed in 2003. Three years in the making and dedicated to Ida B. Wells, Billie Holiday and Laura Nelson a female lynch victim, Strange Fruit debuted at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Without Sanctuary exhibit (July – Feb. 2005).

April established her company, Your Heritage Quilts L.L.C. in 2003. Specializing in quilts with a spiritual, historical and family significance.

She joined the DaimlerChrysler and the World of Works program, enabling her to present to school children an understanding and appreciation of their rich heritage and the history of quilt making. She visits a different school each week where she poses as an African American woman during the turn of the century 1900.

April teaches the art of quilt making at Wayne County Community College (WCCC) School of Continuing Education Detroit’s downtown campus. Her Blues Singers’ portrait quilts series, “Ladies Who Sang the Blues” are currently on display at the WCCC downtown campus.

In 2014 April traveled to South Africa, visiting Cape Town and Johannesburg, as part of the Conscience of the Human Spirit: The Life of Nelson Mandela Quilt exhibit; a tribute by Quilt Artists from South Africa and the United States curated by Marsha MacDowell and Carolyn L. Mazloomi.

This lecture follows the business meeting on Quilt Day.

 

 

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