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SOLO: Jazz-inspired Quilt Art

Fabric artist, Soni? Joi Ruffin, tells the stories behind a collection of jazz-inspired quilts on display at the American Jazz Museum.By Susan B. Wilson


Kansas City, MO – Soni? Joi Ruffin uses brightly colored fabrics, including African kente and mud cloth, to make quilts that tell stories. Ruffin is a self-taught fabric artist who has been making quilts since she was a four-year-old girl growing up in Joplin, Mo.

KCUR's Susan B. Wilson met up with Ruffin and asked about the stories behind her Solo exhibit. The exhibit is a collection of 40 jazz-inspired quilts, including some celebrating Kansas City's historic 18th & Vine neighborhood, on display through August 2, 2009 at the American Jazz Museum's Changing Gallery.

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