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“I find embracing so-called women’s work to be very cathartic and meditative,” says Zipporah Camille Thompson. “I’m creating my own narrative, while embracing the narrative of those matriarchs who came before and used their hands to create things.”
Although Georgia’s textile industry is no longer the economic powerhouse it used to be, the state remains a breeding ground for independent fabric designers, many of whom have attained national prominence.
Many cite Atlanta’s Jon Eric Riis as the nation’s leading contemporary tapestry artist, known for weaving richly embellished textiles so masterfully executed that their loveliness nearly obscures their powerful satire.