Syncopated Accents

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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.


Fairfield, TX 75840

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  • 5/5 stars

    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

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Q. What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?

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.

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