today i got a pottery barn catalog addressed to the past tenant

transartorialism:

so i flipped through it for decorating ideas

i saw that they have started carrying remakes of quilts from gee’s bend:
a remake of a star quilt based on the quilts of gee's bend

what thorough and absolute exploitation

i know that people buy prints of art all the time, but i just can’t get over this cycle of what something being “art” means, and how thoroughly it exploits rural women of color in this case.

some white folk art collector found that a group of women of color in a tiny town in rural alabama were producing exquisite, innovative, unique quilts unlike any form of fiber art before—>an art museum in houston picks up their work—>the women of gee’s bend start a collective where they make quilts to sell—>pottery barn rips them off, probably using unethical labor to mass produce these quilts so you can buy one for your fucking bed for $150.

the pottery barn product description:

The women of Gee’s Bend, Alabama have developed a distinctive, bold, and sophisticated quilting style based on traditional American and African American quilts. Crafted by one of their most prolific and celebrated artists, Rachel Carey George, the original Star Quilt was made from feedsacks and recycled clothing. We collaborated with the Gee’s Bend Foundation to replicate it closely in this wall hanging, capturing the original’s lively mix of prints and patterns and intricate eight-point stars.

  • 50” square
  • Made of cotton.
  • Expertly hand quilted.
  • Trimmed in cotton piping.
  • Reverses to solid.
  • Hangs from the pole pocket. Hardware sold separately.
  • Machine wash.
  • Imported.
from transarterrified