Conscience of the Human Spirit: The Life of Nelson Mandela

Conscience of the Human Spirit: The Life of Nelson Mandela

Tributes by Quilt Artists from South Africa and the United States
Edited by Edited by Marsha MacDowell and Carolyn L. Mazloomi
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 12/19/2016
Format: Paperback 98 color illus.
ISBN: 978-0-944-31125-7
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In 2013 the world mourned the passing of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, one of its most revered champions of human rights. Mandela provided a moral compass for how we treat each other, how we lead our own lives, and how we need to continue to strive for a just, fair, nonracial, and democratic society. Artists around the world have long made quilts in tribute to Mandela and in support of and advocacy for the principles to which he was devoted. But it is for South Africans and African Americans that making quilts in tribute to Mandela has had special meaning. Conscience of the Human Spirit, which accompanies an exhibition by the same name, features quilts made after Mandela’s death—diverse and powerful pieces reflect the ways in which this remarkable man touched individual lives, changed a nation, and served as the conscience of the human spirit for individuals around the world.

This book is a collaborative project of the Michigan State University Museum, Women of Color Quilters Network, and South African quilt artists.

Author Bio

Marsha MacDowell is Curator of Folk Arts at the Michigan State University Museum in East Lansing, Michigan. She is Director of the Quilt Index, a digital repository of stories, images, and other data related to quilts from dispersed collections around the world.

Carolyn L. Mazloomi is the Founding Director of the Women of Color Quilters Network and an independent scholar.

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Table of Contents

Curatorial Statement / Marsha MacDowell and Carolyn L. Mazloomi
Statement of Integrity: Pieces of Africa / Pumeza Mandela and Noel Solani
Commentary: Quilted Tomes: Mandela Stories in Cloth / Patricia Turner
Essay: Mandela: His Life and Legacy in Thread / Marsha MacDowell
Essay: Women of Color Quilters Network: Our Tributes to Nelson Mandela / Carolyn L. Mazloomi
Quilt Tributes to Nelson R. Mandela

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