Thomas Blackshears Ebony Visions- "The Threads that Bind Quilt"
Thomas Blackshear Ebony Visions quilt "The Threads That Bind" is retired. The Threads That Bind Quilt tells the story of Thomas Blackshear's Ebony Visions with significant images from the collection.
The actual quilt is based on The Threads That Bind sculpture. The figures in the sculpture are stitched on this same quilt design, which portrays prominent retired Ebony Visions designs and motifs. Starting at the top of the quilt, the first row of images represents relationships and romance with The Protector, The Commitment, The Siblings, and The Madonna. The second row represents the collection's visionary and allegorical aspects with Night in Day and Intimacy. The bottom row highlights what Thomas describes as "spiritually oriented designs" such as The Storyteller, Message to God, The Guardian, The Prayer, and The Music Maker. The Quilt is 100% cotton with pieced quilt panels. All borders are stitched. This is an authentic patch quilt with a casing at the top for a pole for hanging.
More background on the Quilt:
The cover is 100% cotton with a special finish for a soft surface feel and has polyester fiber fill. Many commercial quilts sold today are printed by computers, but this was block-printed in Japan to achieve the rich color saturation that Thomas Blackshear's art requires. The fabric was then shipped to Thailand for assembly by individuals in small villages who are stitching each quilt together and top-stitching them on sewing machines. The attention to detail throughout the design preparation, printing, and assembly of this quilt was necessary to achieve the high quality expected of every Thomas Blackshear product created.
Retired with a final production quantity of 8,186.
"I always knew I wanted to create Ebony Visions'. As an artist who happens to be black, I had distinct ideas about what I would like to see in the line." The elegant compelling figurines he created for the collection are a blend of both Art Nouveau and African culture, which Thomas calls "Afro-Nouveau." - Thomas Blackshear. Thomas Blackshear introduced Ebony Visions in April 1995 with the release of the first six Ebony Visions designs, The Storyteller, The Protector, The Nurturer, Siblings, Madonna, and Tender Touch. Since then, Thomas Blackshear has created many new designs to add to the Ebony Visions collection. Thomas Blackshear's Ebony Visions collection is a masterwork of romantic symbolism. As with his paintings, these sculptures demonstrate Thomas Blackshear's incredible sense of design, unique eclectic style, and extraordinary mastery of color. Elegant drapery and delicate detail tantalize the eye while revealing each sculpted form. Thomas Blackshear's Ebony Visions depicts a full range of emotions that are both powerful and at the same time subtle. He deliberately portrays his Ebony Visions figures in a timeless setting to transcend a specific time, place, or culture. This unique collection of limited edition figurines emphasizes the beauty of the human form and symbolizes universal aspirations and ideals of humankind depicted through images that reflect the unique characteristics of African American culture. For centuries classical beauty has been portrayed predominantly by white artisans who represent white subjects in their art. In this romantic and subtle tour de force, Thomas Blackshear creates a new vision of beauty and human emotion, an Ebony Vision.