Bond traces her quilt making heritage to several foremothers. Her great-great-grandmother, Jane Arthur Bond, was born in 1828 as a slave. Her great-grandmother Louvinia Clarkson Cleckley was also born enslaved in 1858. They, along with great-grandmother Anna Gibson Bond, were all quilters. In piecing together the Bond family history, the quilts made by these women act as artifacts in the historical record. They fill in holes missing from the written documents. Their lives were studies in strength and perseverance, and their quilts show her careful craftsmanship, design style, and color sensibility.
In her exhibition Threads Across Time, Bond puts her work in close juxtaposition to her foremothers’ quilts by echoing patterns and reimagining their structures. With woven stars from Jane, blocked strip pieces from Anna, and lone stars from Louvinia, Bond uses her practice to awaken ancestral connections. Did she inherit Jane’s eye for color? Anna’s sense of composition? Louivina’s bold style? Is there something in her blood that moved her to this path and will continue to sweep across generations?
Bond will be giving a lecture via Zoom about her exhibit on Saturday, June 19, at 6pm. This event is free to the public, but you must pre-register to receive the zoom invitation.
Bond will also be teaching a two-day online class, “Making Modern Medallions,” July 31 to Aug. 1, 2021.
Masks and social distancing is required. The Schweinfurth has hand-sanitizing stations throughout the building.