Anna Maria Horner
Anna Maria Horner grew up in a house full of her dad’s paintings and with a closet full of her mom’s handi-work. Beds were warmed by the hand-loomed wool blankets sent by her grandmother from Greece. The busy bodies of her and her siblings were warmed by the beautiful hand-knits of their grandmother in Indiana. As a kid in the 70’s, she passed up store-bought Barbie dresses and instead created them from her mother’s fabric scraps.
In 1995, after graduating with an Honors Fine Arts Degree in Drawing from the University of Tennessee, Anna Maria opened Handmaiden, a clothing and housewares retail project. The shop served as home base for Anna Maria’s clothing line which she designed and produced, together with her mom. Eventually, the label was offered to the wholesale market, where it sold at several stores across the Southeast.
Designing clothing for five years served a lifelong interest but Anna Maria kept her hands in many mediums on a daily basis. She stayed active artistically by exhibiting in galleries regularly. Her paintings, both small and large scale, are a part of hundreds of private and commercial collections.
There have been varied stops on her path to here, but a common element in all of her work, whether fashion, quilting or fine art, is a passion for the language of color. Somewhere around 2001, her fascination with taking an idea through all the necessary steps from her sketchbook to a store shelf sparked the momentum to create a brand. Anna Maria’s fresh perspectives within traditional markets and her vision of being surrounded by the work of her own hands has led her to partnering with more than two dozen manufacturers to design homewares, gift items, and textiles. Her focus has intensified in the craft, sewing and quilting community where her creativity was first planted as a girl, and she has authored three sewing books, and self publishes a continuing collection of sewing, quilting and needlework patterns.
Sharing her point of view through teaching design, stitching and patchwork has become an increasingly important part of Anna Maria’s work. Her current workshop and lecture calendar can be found here.
Anna Maria and her family make their home on a rambling two acres in Nashville, Tennessee. She works from a lofty, attic studio filled with fabric, thread, drawings, schemes and the remnants of intermittent playtime with the children. She is the mother of seven (6 to 27) and has been incredibly thankful to be able to seek out her creative goals in the presence of her family for almost three decades.
To many the Anna Maria brand means color and inspiration in the form of craft, sewing, needlework, books, and friendly how-to. Since 2005, her growing library of fabrics has delighted and adorned discerning makers around the globe. As of 2014, Anna Maria is also the founder and proprietor of Nashville’s Craft South. Craft South offers supply, instruction, sewing machines and workshops.
In May 2018, Anna Maria presented the Conservatory fabric project in partnership with FreeSpirit Fabrics and contributes as one of the five artists. She is the Creative Director for the collective.
Dr. Carolyn L. Mazloomi
Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi is a historian, curator, author, lecturer, artist, mentor, founder, and facilitator — and has left her mark on many lives. Trained as an aerospace engineer, Carolyn Mazloomi turned her sights and tireless efforts in the 1980s to bring the many unrecognized contributions of African-American quilt artists to the attention of the American people as well as the international art communities.
From founding the African-American Quilt Guild of Los Angeles in 1981 to in 1985 founding the Women of Color Quilters Network (WCQN), Mazloomi has been at the forefront of educating the public about the diversity of interpretation, styles and techniques among African American quilters as well as educating a younger generation of African Americans about their own history through the quilts the WCQN members create.
A major force as an artist in her own right, Carolyn Mazloomi’s quilts have been exhibited extensively in venues such as the Mint Museum, American Folk Art Museum in New York City, National Civil Rights Museum, Museum of Art and Design, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum, and the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC Her pictorial narrative quilts make plain her personal themes: family life, women’s rights, political freedom, and musical legacy. Her own quilts have appeared in over 70 exhibits, while she has curated 17 extensive exhibits of quilts made by members of the Women of Color Quilters Network, many of them traveling exhibits. Among the many exhibitions she has curated is “Still We Rise: Race, Culture and Visual Conversations,” which visually surveys 400 years of African American history. It is the largest traveling exhibit of African-American quilts ever mounted.
I have always been a fiber artist, but have also been a writer/illustrator, painter, wearable art maker, costume designer, muralist, printmaker, and a mother. My work is the fusion of traditional needlework (skills given to me by my mother and grandmother), with the fine arts: drawing, painting, printing, and printmaking, along with a lot of mixed media. I tend to work in series; one of my ongoing series is the celebration of women’s lives, portraits and “herstories.”
Julie Silber is one of the world’s most respected quilt experts. She has been selling antique quilts to museums, businesses, and individuals since 1968. Julie was the curator of the world renowned Esprit Quilt Collection in San Francisco and is the co-author of the critically acclaimed books, Hearts and Hands and Amish: The Art of the Quilt. She has curated two of the most respected quilt exhibitions of modern times — those at The Oakland Museum and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
Julie Silber Quilts provides an exceptional range of quilt related services to museums, collectors, dealers, individuals, and quilt guilds. We specialize in buying, selling and appraising antique quilts made between 1780 and 1950. We also offer antique quilt “exhibition packages” for museums and quilt events. Our exhibitions have enjoyed both critical and popular acclaim, nationally and internationally.
We offer formal, written appraisals for insurance, donation, or retail purposes, as well as simple verbal appraisals. Julie is a well known, acknowledged expert in the field of appraising antique and vintage quilts.
Janneken Smucker, Professor of History at West Chester University, specializes in digital and public history and material culture. She also serves as the digital editor of the Oral History Review. In the classroom, she integrates technology and the humanities, working with students to create digital projects, including the award-winning Goin’ North: Stories from the First Great Migration to Philadelphia and Philadelphia Immigration.
Janneken consults on digital projects for non-profits and museums and leads workshops on digital tools and strategies. Author of Amish Quilts: Crafting an American Icon (Johns Hopkins, 2013), Janneken lectures and writes about quilts for popular and academic audiences. She was the 2015 co-recipient of WCU’s E. Riley Holman Memorial Faculty Award for innovative teaching. She currently serves as WCU’s Faculty Associate for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment.
Josh Dunn is the International Sales Manager for Moda Fabrics and Supplies and the son of Moda founder and president (and Quilt Alliance Vice President), Mark Dunn. Josh earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Southern California and shares his father passion for documenting the art and history of each and every quilt.
Emily Adams Bode launched her eponymous brand in July of 2016 and became the first female menswear designer to show at New York Fashion Week. The collection is now shown twice a year at Paris Fashion Week Men’s with runway shows in June and January. Bode manufactures over half of the collection in New York, with 40% of the annual product sold made from antique textiles. Emily and the brand is committed to further advancing consumers’ knowledge of the history of material culture and the preservation of craft.
Emily Adams Bode was awarded runner-up for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund in 2018. In 2019, she was recognized as the Emerging Designer of the year by the CFDA, was a finalist for the LVMH Prize, and was included in the Forbes “30 Under 30” list in Art & Style. At the end of 2019, Emily was recognized as GQ’s Breakthrough Designer of the Year and opened her first Flagship store in Lower Manhattan.
John M. Walsh III
John M. Walsh III (Jack) began collecting art quilts in 1992. His first goal was to document the range of works in this new fine art medium. Many artists receive little more than minimum wage for their creations. Jack began supporting the artists with commissions. He promotes appreciation of the artists with exhibits in museums throughout the US and with lectures and articles in magazines, books and other publications such as the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. On four occasions Jack was included in Art and Antiques Magazine’s annual listing of “100 Top Collectors.’ Jack’s life’s work has been making water safe to use. He has done pioneering work in seawater desalination, pollution control and UV water purification, and managed the water chemistry of a nuclear power plant.
Merikay Waldvogel is an internationally known quilt historian author, and lecturer. She is widely considered an expert on mid-20th century quilts. Her expertise and tireless research into quilting and the quilters who made them led to her induction into the Quilters Hall of Fame in 2009.
A poet and fiber artist, Gwen Westerman lives in southern Minnesota, as did her Dakota ancestors. Her roots are deep in the landscape of the tallgrass prairie, and reveal themselves in her art and writing through the languages and traditions of her family. She is an enrolled member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate, and Professor in English and Humanities at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Her quilts have won awards at the juried shows of the Northern Plains Indian Art Market, the Heard Museum Guild Indian Art Fair & Market, and the Eiteljorg, and have been exhibited in Minneapolis, Sioux Falls, Anchorage, Houston, Tulsa, Fargo, and Lincoln. She is the author Follow the Blackbirds, a poetry collection in Dakota and English, and co-author of Mni Sota Makoce: Land of the Dakota, a history of Dakota land tenure in Minnesota.
Mel Beach is a San Jose, CA based quilt artist, teacher and lecturer, who breaks away from tradition by adding her own modern, beautifully textured and colorful twists. She loves stretching her creativity through her completion of 90+ quilt challenges at the local and international level. Her quilt designs draw upon her inquisitive nature of asking “What If?” and “Why Not?”, working in a series, comedy improv studies along with her love of nature, photography and sketching.
Her award-winning quilts have been juried into national quilt shows and traveling exhibits, and published in books and magazines.
Ricky Tims has successfully blended two diverse passions into one very unique and interesting career. His skills as a pianist, composer and producer have been evident by the thousands who have heard his music. His success as a quilter is equally significant.
He is known in the international world of quilting as a best-selling author, enthusiastic and encouraging teacher, an award-winning quilter, fabric designer, and a talented and spellbinding speaker. His innovative and entertaining presentations, feature live music and humor combined with scholarly insights and wisdom. His quilts have been displayed worldwide and are highly regarded as excellent examples of contemporary quilts with traditional appeal.