In 2000, Patricia was selected to participate in the 2001 Biennale Internazionale Dell’Arte Contemporanea at the Fortezza da Basso in Florence, Italy. There, she designed a series of story quilts about the lives of African Americans during Colonial times and slavery. The project used a modified log cabin quilting pattern around ghostly digital images; the West African fabrics represent African American lineage, while the roaming stitch throughout is the journey we still are traveling in search for a better life and freedom.
Today, Montgomery continues to design abstract textile paintings that are rich in color and texture and celebrate the rhythms of life. She notes that creative inspiration comes from anywhere: taking a walk, dreams or even watching a movie, like her new series about African American dressmakers (currently in the design phase) which was inspired by the film Lincoln. Many of her current story quilts use clothing to represent individuals. Recently, she used short prison pants to represent Nelson Mandala in the quilt titled “Prison Transformation Time” that was exhibited last year in South Africa.
In 2013, Montgomery was awarded the Creative Work Fund Grant in Traditional Arts, which supports new work and the collaboration with nonprofit organizations. Montgomery earned her Master of Fine Art from John F. Kennedy University and a Bachelor of Fine Art from Holy Names College. She currently resides in Oakland, California.