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About Syncopated Accents

How does your service stand out?

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.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

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.

Location

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

Question and answer

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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