Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts
Nora’s Necktie Flower Garden, 1994
Nora Ezell (American, 1919–2007)
Mantua, Tuscaloosa County
Polyester, cotton/polyester blend, plastic and wood beads, and cowrie shells
Gift of Kempf Hogan in honor of Bethine Whitney
Nora Ezell is one of Alabama’s most skillful and honored quilt makers, receiving the National Endowment for the Arts’ National Heritage Fellowship in 1992. Like the Mount Ida Quilt, Nora’s Necktie Flower Garden (1994) features an application of flower designs as the primary feature of the top. Both of these quilts required all the skills of their makers—the intricate sewing and embroidery of vining flowers, as well as the tufting of some of the forms to achieve a three-dimensional effect equates to Ezell’s use of silk men’s ties, and various buttons and costume jewelry in creating a visual tour de force. These quilts are distinctive achievements, set apart from the “everyday,” and their workmanship identifies them as prestige objects of outstanding quality.
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