No doubt you recognize this classic American painting, created by Iowa native Grant Wood in 1930. It's been enjoyed, analyzed, and even spoofed for decades. "American Gothic" was named for the Gothic Revival style home depicted in the background. Mr. Wood painted a couple standing in front of the house, saying they would be "the kind of people I fancied should live in that house". The woman in the painting is actually Wood's sister, Nan, and the man is his dentist, Dr. Byron McKeeby. Mr. Wood purposefully dressed his sister in a colonial print dress & apron, and the man covering his work overalls with a suit jacket. His intention in dressing them this way was to mimic 19th century Americana, with the couple in traditional domestic roles. The pitchfork symbolizing a man's hard labor, and the woman wearing an apron, with her potted flowers sitting on the front porch, exemplified domesticity. Pam finds inspiration in the artist's depiction of a simple, hardworking family living in 1800s Midwestern America. Interestingly, the models never posed together for Mr. Wood.
The black coloring in the painting perfectly offsets the softer subtle hues. Black fabric can do the much the same things when used in a quilt, and is my inspiration in creating and naming this collection. In it, you'll find a pleasing mix of muted earth tones accented with black.