And Still We Rise: The Artists Behind the Quilts

And Still We Rise: The Artists Behind the Quilts



it has to be a subject that I feel passionate about because you're gonna put a tremendous amount of time energy and talent into it and for me it has to be a story that is more than superficial okay I want it to tell a story I want first of all for it to call your name across the room to beckon you to come closer and as you come closer you're finding out more than what's just apparent okay more than what's just obvious and I hope to evoke some emotions my urban surroundings is my inspiration you know I I take pieces and and put them together and make a hold in my storytelling to live in New York is one of the greatest places to get the most inspiration and I am truly inspired by my urban surroundings there are so many stories that are not told especially within my own culture there are so many stories that because they were done verbally it's it's still that things have to be written down things have to be in some kind of tactile format for them to last someone could rewrite history if it's not written down some kind of way so I may not write the story but my visual will tell a lot of that story I've always made quotes I made my first quote when I was seven people walked into my quotes probably 25 years ago and they just make you finish it they make you want it to happen and I think that it in a way that law doesn't do it allows me to have a conversation with people one way to educate people about history in general and our history in particular is to make big bold pictures that they can look at that attract their attention and then that will induce them to come closer and read what I have had to say about my work and hopefully it will encourage them to go to a library or line and read more about whatever the subject is the journey of life inspires me being able to to tell a story being able to live through through art live through creativity our everyday mundane lives so to speak when a person becomes an artist and God also cause artists as well so these phenomenal folks featured in this show were called actually to be here at this particular point in time we all have a unique perspective and a unique story to tell and so we're imparted also with a vision to be able to craft a story to educate to inspire to instill hope and dreams and people I love what I do I love being a part of this exhibition with all these wonderful quote artists so often we have shows and we never get to meet and today or this evening I'm gonna get to meet at least 60 of these women that I have admired for such a long time so it's a wonderful event for me and then there's these people that I'll think about something they've done I study history all the time and I'll think boy I'd like to do something that commemorates an act they've done or a situation so that other people will be aware of it and it gives me a chance to just think about those acts while I'm stitching I am always drawn to stories about African Americans and because I'm an older woman I'm also looking at women's stories so both pieces are really telling women's stories as I mentioned Bessie Coleman is a woman who reached well beyond her circumstances growing up in a small town in East Texas she managed moved to Chicago she networked with people who helped her fly to Paris and so those types of stories that tell how people overcome adversity that's always very interesting to me I think through my quilts I'm able again to express a lot of the emotions the things that I really can't do in my day-to-day work and in a thoughtful way and in a productive way because I do want these quilts the Colts that I made I always want them to tell a story I want them to educate they're just they're not decorative clothes people will often say oh so you're you bake wills and they assume utilitarian quotes for a bet and I said well if you try to wrap yourself in one of my quilts you probably have a nightmare

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