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Colorful non-traditional quilts on display at NOVA-Manassas

August 19, 2009

Quilts designed and created by Sharon Tindall will be on display at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College from Aug. 25 until Sept. 18. The exhibition is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays.

Tindall likes to work with fabrics that are not typically used in quilting, such as mud cloth made in Mali by Bamana women using a centuries-old process that involves various plant juices, teas and mud applied to cotton cloth. Mud cloth also features prominently in the hand-crafted dolls Tindall creates. This talented woman designs clothing, too. She has been sewing for more than 30 years and making quilts for nearly two-thirds of that time.

“I made my first quilt for my son, Robert, when he was 9 years old,” Tindall said. “Robert is now 26 years old and the quilt has been with him through a few moves, to Virginia Commonwealth University and back home.”

Tindall, who lives in Centreville, finds inspiration for her designs through everyday life and feels deeply connected to each creation. “Every one of my quilts is my favorite for different reasons,” she said.

Art history professor Elizabeth Tebow has known Tindall for several years and says “Sharon’s art reveals a lot about herself – her vibrant imagination, her creative intellect and her generous heart.”

A free reception to meet Tindall will be held on Sept. 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Colgan Hall gallery space. To learn more, contact Randy Michener at or 703-257-6532.

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