The Influential Quiltmakers of Gee’s Bend Are Now on Etsy

Photograph of Doris Jean Pettway Mosely, who has been a Gee’s Bend Quilter since 2008.

Image courtesy of Nest.

In this feature for Hyperallergic, Sarah Rose Sharp highlights the work of the influential quiltmakers of Gee’s Bend, Alabama. This rural and isolated Black community along the Alabama River have nurtured generation upon generation of fiber artists. Now, this community artists has partnered with Nest, a non-profit organization concerned with the expansion of the handworker economy. Launching on February 1st, the quiltmakers of Gee’s Bend are now selling their exquisite creations on Etsy.

“Through their ingenuity, artistry, and skills of improvisation, generations of Black female fiber artists have made the name Gee’s Bend synonymous with quiltmaking; they’ve also collectively authored an oft-elided chapter of art history and carried it into the present day.” - Sarah Rose Sharp