Zora Neale Hurston was a powerhouse of the Harlem Renaissance. A preeminent writer of the 20th century, Hurston broke barriers for African-American authors — particularly women. She published two books of folklore and four novels, including her masterpiece, Their Eyes Were Watching God.
"Zora's writing often pays tribute to the richness of black vernacular and reflects — with wit, wisdom, compassion, and style — the sorrows and joys of the African-American heritage," says quilter Cookie Washington.
In conjunction with the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, Piccolo presents a memorial to Hurston's legacy. Eleven local quilt artists — including Lenora Brown, Arianne King Comer, Yvonne Fraser, Michelle Harrell, Dorothy Montgomery, Toni Torres, and Washington — were tasked with the challenge of taking one of three quotes from Hurston and exploring the meaning through fabric.
There's a growing number of black fiber artists in the South. "We are finally bursting into the mainstream of American culture and consciousness," Washington says. "African-American quilters have a rich body of creativity that is now being viewed by audiences worldwide."