"Nude is Not a Color" Quilt, Made by Hillary Goodwin, Rachael Dorr, and Contributors from around the World, 2017

Summary

Fashion and cosmetics companies have long used the term nude for products made in a pale beige--reflecting lighter skin tones and marginalizing people of color. After one company repeatedly dismissed a customer’s concerns, a global community of quilters produced this quilt to oppose this racial bias. To create the shirt designs, the women chose fabric that best represented their own skin tones.

Fashion and cosmetics companies have long used the term nude for products made in a pale beige--reflecting lighter skin tones and marginalizing people of color. After one company repeatedly dismissed a customer’s concerns, a global community of quilters produced this quilt to oppose this racial bias. To create the shirt designs, the women chose fabric that best represented their own skin tones.

Artifact

Quilt

Date Made

2017

Creators

Springer, Bianca 

Goodwin, Hillary 

Dorr, Rachael 

Place of Creation

United States 

Canada 

Spain 

United Kingdom 

Netherlands 

Australia 

Brazil 

Creator Notes

The quilt was inspired by the experience of Bianca Springer and designed and constructed by Hillary Goodwin. The paper-pieced pattern used in the construction of the shirt/shirtdresses was designed by Carolyn Friedlander. The shirt/shirtdress fabrics were selected and made by paper-piecing using the pattern purchased from Carolyn Friedlander by 24 quilters from around the world (including the United States, Spain, the United Kingdom, and Australia) and then sent to Hillary Goodwin. The free-motion machine quilting was done by Rachael Dorr.

Henry Ford Museum
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Collections Platform

Object ID

2020.135.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Cloth
Thread

Color

Multicolored

Dimensions

Height: 82 in

Width: 93 in

Inscriptions

on front: NUDE IS NOT A COLOR

Specifications

Title: "Nude is Not a Color"

Designed and constructed by: Hillary Goodwin, Auburn California

Design assistance by: Robin King, Auburn, California

Paper-pieced shirt pattern designed by: Carolyn Friedlander, Lake Wales, Florida

Shirt blocks contributed by: Carmen Alonso, Oviedo, Spain // Agnes Ang, Thousand Oaks, California, United States // Berene Campbell, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada // Kirsty Cleverly, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia // Silvana Pereira Coutinho, Brazil // Anne Eriksson, Egmond aan den Hoef, The Netherlands // Hillary Goodwin, Auburn, California, United States // Rebecca Green, United Kingdom // Lynn Carson Harris, Chelsea, Michigan, United States // Phoebe Adair Harris, Chelsea, Michigan, United States // Krista Hennebury, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada // Sandra Johnson, Orange, California, United States // Chawne Kimber, Easton, Pennsylvania, United States // Tamara King, Portland, Oregon, United States // Alexandra Ledgerwood, Kansas City, Missouri, United States // Maite Macias, Oviedo, Spain // Nicole Neblett, Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States // Krishma Patel, Carteret, New Jersey, United States // Amy Vaughn Ready, Billings, Montana, United States // Sonia Sanchez, Oviedo, Spain // Rachel Singh, Seattle, Washington, United States // Michele Spirko, Amherst, Massachusetts, United States // Bianca Springer, Pearland, Texas, United States // Jess Ziegler, Adel, Iowa, United States

Free-motion machine quilted by: Rachael Dorr, Bronxville, New York

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