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Jackie Carter Hicks of J. Carter Designs is an El Cerrito artist working in fabric to make contemporary quilt art.  Her designs reflect how fabric speaks to her and how her life’s experiences can be expressed in cloth.  Jackie comes from a long line of women who sewed out of necessity, including her Grandmother Carter, who bought her last sewing machine at 89 and sewed into her 90’s. 

It, however, was not until the AIDS epidemic that Jackie sought expression through fabric.  After making a quilt panel for her friend Michael O’Connor at the Names Project, Jackie began to see how the tradition of the quilt created a community among people whose beliefs, values and experiences were vastly different. 

After volunteering at the Names Project for a few years, assisting people in the creative expression of grief, Jackie took quilting classes to better understand this tradition and began a cultural anthropology program to explore the quilt art movement and the culture of craft in America.  “If men make it, it’s art and if women make it, it’s craft” was the basis of her study of quilts which led to her study of how quilts moved between functional bed coverings to art hung in museums.  In that process she got hooked on creating her own art quilts and has been a quilt artist now for twenty years.

Jackie has a studio in Berkeley from which she operates J.Carter Designs (the name in honor of her grandmother).  In addition to selling from her studio, she exhibits in ProArts Open Studios each year. Jackie is a creative troupe member at C&T Publishing and took first place at the El Cerrito Art Association Annual Show 2008 in the Textile Category.

El Cerrito Art Association Annual Show First Place Winner

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