Set inside a curve of the Alabama River, Gee's Bend is one of America's most geographically isolated communities. The majority of the population worked on cotton plantations, and it has been linked to the outside world by a single road which remained unpaved until the late 1960s. Formerly almost unknown beyond the community, the quilts of Gee's Bend are now internationally celebrated and held as examples of the colours and designs used at that time. My brooches represent swatches of these quilts, with details picked out using enamel and gold foil.