Oral history interview with Carolyn Mazloomi

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.mazloo02
Creators:
Mazloomi, Carolyn
Cubbs, Joanne
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America
Dates:
2002 September 17-30
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
16 Items
Sound recording: 16 sound files (4 hr., 33 min.)
digital, wav
56 Pages
Transcript
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of Carolyn Mazloomi conducted 2002 September 17 and 30, by Joanne Cubbs, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, in West Chester, Ohio. Mazloomi speaks of growing up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with a family of self-taught artists; the positive influence of her aunt and teacher Dr. Carter; the generation of African-American quilt-makers who followed a gap in quilt-making post-slavery; she describes her previous career as an aeronautical engineer and her transition to quilt-making; how she identifies herself as a craftsperson, not an artist; her experience with Baltimore album and Appalachian quilts; learning to quilt; the Women of Color Quilter's Network and its economic and social development programs; her book, "Spirits of the Cloth"; the positive and negative aspects of travel; the false generalizations of African-American quilts in academic circles; the importance of gender, race, and ethnicity in her work; her connection to "praise songs"; she discusses functional vs. nonfunctional quilts; the market for "hand-crafted" quilts; agents and galleries; she describes her working environment; adopting the use of a sewing machine in her work; the importance of community; her technique; her accomplishment of placing African-American quilts in the Renwick Gallery; the influence of magazines, including "Raw Vision;" her aversion to commissions; expanding her use of materials and technology; her exhibitions; her role as an advocate and dealer; finding inspiration in black and white linocuts and her use of color in quilts; and making a connection with her audience. Mazloomi also recalls Marie Wilson, Cuesta Benberry, Edjohnetta Miller, Roland Freeman, Robert Cargo, Martha Connell, Penny Sisto, Minnie Adkins, Nkosi Johnson, and Lauryn Hill.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Carolyn Mazloomi (1948- ) is a quilt maker from West Chester, Ohio.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
Transcript available online.
Author
Sponsor
Funding for this interview was provided by the Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America. Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.

General
General
Originally recorded on 4 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 16 digital wav files. Duration is 4 hrs., 33 min.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
African American quiltmakers -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Album quilts -- Maryland -- Baltimore Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Decorative arts Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Quilting -- Equipment and supplies Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Quilting -- Study and teaching Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Quilting -- Technique Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Quiltmakers -- Ohio -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Quilts -- Appalachian Region Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Women artists Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Self-taught artists Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Adkins, Minnie, 1934- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Benberry, Cuesta Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cargo, Robert T. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Connell, Martha Stamm Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Freeman, Roland L., 1936- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hill, Lauryn Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Johnson, Nkosi, 1989-2001 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Miller, Edjohnetta Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sisto, Penny Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Wilson, Marie Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Women of Colour Quilters Network Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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