Profile: Carolyn L. Mazloomi (1948-)

Carolyn L. Mazloomi is an American author, curator and quilter. She is a strong advocate for presenting and documenting African-American-made quilts. Her own quilts tell complex stories around African American heritage and contemporary experiences.


Mazloomi was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to a family of amateur artists and painters. She graduated from Northrop University in Inglewood, California, and worked in Los Angeles as an aerospace engineer. In the early 1970s, she encountered an Appalachian quilt at a market in Dallas that began her passion for quilting. She continued her quilting experiments while earning her Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from USC in 1984.

Mazloomi is now retired from her job as an aerospace engineer and Federal Aviation Administration crash site investigator. She lives in Ohio with her family.

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