One-Of-A-Kind Syncopated & M-Provisational Quilt Accents

Syncopated Accents

Fairfield, TX

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About Syncopated Accents

I am an African-American M-provisational folk art quilt maker from Freestone County, Texas. I have six generations of folk art quilt making in my family lineage. My art works are created the old-fashioned way by using recyclable materials of various kinds. I create by hand and by machine, and sometimes both methods in the same composition, whatever is needed to complete the project successfully. I also do hand tying. My quilted creations include abstract M-provisational compositions of wearable art (such as scarves and shawls) mini quilts,and wall hangings. All items are created on a commission basis. Most of my compositions are spontaneous, and the use of traditional patterns is kept to a minimum.

Customers and admirers of my quilts love the M-provisational nature of my works and the bold use of color in each composition. All the creative works are one-of-a-kind and unique.

Pricing is determined according to the project and what is needed to complete it.

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Fairfield, TX 75840

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  • 5/5 stars November 16, 2011

    As a passionate collector of African American Improvisational Patchwork Quilts, I have researched and collected not only many fine examples of quilt maker’s creations, but also their histories and legacies. Sherry Byrd is one of the quilt makers that I feature prominently. She is a fifth generation quilter from Freestone County, Texas, and one of six generations of craft persons in the Edward Ned Titus family lineage. Ned was a slave who was transported to Freestone county in 1852, from South Carolina by the Simeon and Nancy Lake family.

    I am attracted to and fascinated by Sherry's fluid execution of improvisation in her one-of-a-kind artworks and her use of bold, electric colors. Her works are akin to abstract modern art paintings. They command the audience's attention and hold them captive for long periods of time.

    I met Sherry in the San Francisco Bay area around 1985, bought some of her quilted pieces, and included them in my now famous traveling exhibit and catalog -- "Who'd A Thought It: Improvisation In African American Quilts". This exhibit traveled to 28 venues in 20 states nationwide, and included the Smithsonian. It was a groundbreaking exhibit in the study of African American quilts.

    Since that time I have featured Sherry's works in several additional exhibits and catalogs, including "NO TWO ALIKE",1998 "ACCIDENTLY ON PURPOSE",2006, and "WILL THE CIRCLE BE UNBROKEN",2006.”

    Sherry's quilts are truly astounding. Not only is she talented, but she comes from a uniquely talented background of quilt makers. Her mother, Laverne Brackens was recently (on July 23, 2011) awarded a (NEA) National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship. This is the highest award that the U.S.Federal government awards to folkartists.

    I highly recommend her quilts and other creative works to anyone who is serious about collecting African American Patchwork.

    Eli Leon
    Researcher/Curator/Collector of African American Quilts

Question and answer

Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A. Choose your colors and leave the artist to excercise the creative process freely. M-provisational compositions are the opposite of precision made creations that can be exercuted step-by-step. The artist must be allowed to construct the composition without hinderances and restraints. If the customer does not like accidentals and so called mistakes in their compositions or extremely bold and erratic color combinations....then this style is not for them. They should seek their commissions in a safer more organized arena.

Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?

A. If I were a customer and wanted a really fast fulfillment of my commission...I would check to see if the artist has an inventory of already created quilts or quilt tops to choose from...most artist do maintain such a stock. Choosing your art composition from the standing stock can cut the time in half for completing a commissioned article or if you choose an already finished quilt ...there instant gratification.

Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?

A. Is the work done in a freestyle or precision manner?

How are materials chosen? Who provides the materials? ....Customer or Artist?

How long does it take to create a composition?

Who decides the colors?.... Customer or Artist.

How much will the commission cost? Are there terms on payment?

Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?

A. Buyers should really come to grips with their own expectations of what appeals to them as art. They should not buy an m-provisational work if they are not comfortable with the chaotic, erratic style...its best to stick with what one is comfortable with. The work will slowly be cast aside if one can't connect artisticly with its compositional elements....and that might be a waste of financial resources that could have better been used somewhere else...if they had listened to their inner artistic taste in the first place.

Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?

A. My work stands out from the "pack" in that it is created from the heart and soul of a tradition that has been in the family lineage for six generations. M-provisational abstract quilt making was ingrained in me from watching my grandmother who was a master of the skill and art of African American piecing and quilting.These skills were also passed on to her by her mother and grandmother.

Over the years I have taken the skills and techniques handed on to me and polished and refined them to a very high calibre. My creations and compositions are captivating,compelling and mesmerizing. They are made to reach out and grab the audiences' attention, especially with color.

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. I enjoy captivating,entertaining and satisfying my audience or customers with the uncertainty of my choatic asymetrical compositions and the boldness of pure color combinations that jolt ones senses to attention. When one pays attention to what they are observing...then they themselves can make a honest decision as to whether they like it or not.No one can make that decision but that person."Do I or Don't I like this art" that is the decision I like placing before a customer. If they like it the piece will go home with a satisfied customer....if they don't like it...then I don't have to worry about the piece being tossed aside to rot somewhere. I like my artwork to have good homes where they are appreciated. If it goes with a satisfied customer...then my job has accomplished its purpose of pleasing the customer and I like satisfied customers...because they become repeat customers and bring friends along next time.

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