Saturday, July 05, 2008

Riché Deianne Richardson - Sistah Quilter in Paris

Do "meet" Riché Deianne Richardson, a Sistah Quilter in Paris! Riché is a native of Alabama and a Spelman College graduate, where she made her first quilts. Riché received her Ph.d from Duke University and later taught at the University of California, Davis. Now she's in Paris - and still stitchin' quilts! Portrait quilts are her specialty.

Earlier this year, French film-makers Anne Cremieux and Geraldine Chouard documented
Riché quiltmaking and quilt motivations. Patricia A. Turner provides commentary. Turner has also profiled Riché in her upcoming book, Crafted Lives: Stories and Studies of African American Quilters (2009). Other than Faith Ringgold's Dancing at the Louvre or her privately published French Collection Part I, I know of no other Sistah Quilters who have stitched in France.

Cremieux and Chouard's film about Riché can be seen in three parts on YouTube. Click here for Part 1, Part 2, Part 3. The videos are titled "Portrait of the Artist." Each is about 7 minutes long. We get to "visit" Riché Paris studio, stroll through streets, and even accompany Riché to a fabric store (in Part 3)! Be prepared to hear Josephine Baker sing... Amuses-toi bien!

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