Conjuring Home

Art in Embassies Exhibition

I’m pleased to announce that Conjuring Home will be on extended exhibit at the US Embassy Residence in Vientiane, Laos. The exhibition is sponsored by the Office of Art in Embassies of the US State Department. The goal of the Art in Embassies program is to advance “cultural diplomacy through the presentation of works by … American and international artists to audiences around the world.”

 

Conjuring Home is a stitched textile work that celebrates the abundance of a summer garden of impatiens and coleus. The work is part of the Garden Series which consist of books, collages, paintings, and other mixed media work.

Art Quilt Collage

 

I’m happy to announce that my mixed-media piece Brought Forward is featured in Art Quilt Collage: A Creative Journey in Fabric, Paint & Stitch by Deborah Boschert. The book features lots of inspiration and useful tips, not only for those who are quilt and/or collage artists, but also those who work in other media.

Afro Centric

New York Public Library

I am happy to announce that Bone Straight, Storm Sequence and Afro Centric are included in the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture of the New York Public Library.

Bone Straight and Afro Centric are two books in my Body series that addresses my interest in studying factors that shape identity including the physical body, science, culture and society. Afro Centric is a celebration of artistry in Black hair culture. Bone Straight features a hot comb and excerpts of conversations with women about their hair straightening experiences.

Storm Sequence explores culture and family traditions. It is loosely patterned after the homemade shrines seen in houses in southern Louisiana and outlines the spirit of a ritual that my aunt would perform when the weather turned ugly. It also lists years of significant weather incidents in the area.

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is one of the world’s leading research facilities devoted to the preservation of materials on the global African and African diasporan experiences. A focal point of Harlem’s cultural life, the Center also functions as the national research library in the field, providing free access to its wide-ranging noncirculating collections. It also sponsors programs and events that illuminate and illustrate the richness of black history and culture. Click here to learn more about the Schomburg Center.

Rosenwald

US Library of Congress

I am happy to announce that Rosenwald is now included in the Rosenwald Special Collection of the US Library of Congress.

Rosenwald tells the story of the importance that two schools played in the lives of a family living in southern Louisiana. Told as a snapshot, the book recalls a story of hardship, determination and triumph. From 1912 to 1932, the Julius Rosenwald Fund provided matching grants to African American communities in the South, for the purpose of building schools.

The Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and is also the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections. Find out more about the Library of Congress here.

The Rosenwald schools were awarded National Treasure status and there’s an initiative to locate and preserve the schools. Find out more about the initiative and about Rosenwald schools here.

 

Emergence open candle

Baylor University

I’m pleased to announce that Emergence is now included in the Artist Book Collection at Baylor University’s Crouch Library in Waco, TX. The Crouch Library collection consists of sheet music, songbooks, medieval manuscripts, books and papers as well as a growing collection of artist books. Their site lists some very helpful guides on the genre of artist books as well as on-line exhibitions. Click here for more information.

Emergence is a book about examining truths in order to develop self-truths. The book consists of 3 pieces: Litany, a series of sayings that my sisters and I heard while growing up; Meditation, a candle containing inscriptions and an embedded medallion of St. Michael the Archangel and Election, a symbolic culmination. Emergence is flavored with rural southern Louisiana culture.

Shoo-fly Coleus

Art in the Urban Garden

Art and the Urban Garden

April 15 – June 1, 2014
Lillstreet Gallery
4401 N. Ravenswood, Chicago, IL 60640

Shoo-Fly Coleus will be one of the artworks featured in Art and the Urban Garden, an exhibit at Lillstreet Gallery.

Shoo-Fly Coleus, a mixed media fiber-based collage, is one of the first in a new series about the garden.

 

Earth, cover detail

500 Handmade Books, vol 2

Earth and Integument are featured in 500 Handmade Books, volume 2, edited by Julie Chen. The book features a wide variety of handmade books.

Earth is the first installment of my Elemental series, which compares aspects of identity with the elements Earth, Fire, Air and Water. In each, the viewer is invited to dig through layers that are sometimes easily accessible and sometimes not.

Integument is a modified accordion book featuring pages held together by sutures. The front side of the accordion consists of layers discussing the science of skin and how its topography has the potential to evoke memory. The reverse side of the accordion offers an example of the layers of meaning that can occur in an individual response.

Picture 397

Hands All Round

International Quilt Festival of Houston

October 31-November 3, 2013
George R. Brown Convention Center
1001 Avenida de las Americas, Houston, TX 77010

Continuum has arrived safely at its destination in Houston where it will be one of the artworks featured in the Hands All Round special exhibit at the International Quilt Festival. The festival showcases and extensive exhibition of a range of quilts, wearable art and fabric art, classes, special events and lectures, demonstrations and over 1000 vendors. To learn more about the festival, click here.

Continuum features stories about growing up on a farm in southern Louisiana as told by my mother. Due to my dad’s job, we grew up away from my parents’ hometown, but my siblings and I remained close to our cousins, aunts and uncles. My parents often told stories about their childhood and spoke to each other in Creole, which to us was like their “secret” language. The quilt also contains various random Creole words that I remember hearing while growing up.

 

 

 

Rosenwald open

University of Vermont Bailey/Howe Library

I’m happy to announce that a copy of Rosenwald, is included in the Special Collections of the Bailey/Howe Library located at the University of Vermont in Burlington. The library’s collection focuses on the book as a form of human expression, books, pamphlets, manuscripts and photographs relating to the study of Vermont and of the history of the University of Vermont. For more information about the university, click here.

During a trip to my parent’s hometown in Louisiana, I passed by the spot where a gas station once stood. The story begins as I remember looking out across the street from the station years ago in that same spot, gazing at the school across the street. The image of the school sparks a flood of memories of family stories spanning two generations and is told in one sentence.  The main character in Rosenwald is my aunt Vie, who was a teacher and then a librarian for the schools.

Meditation on Winter

The Mind’s Eye

September 4, 2013 to October 17, 2013
ArtReach Gallery
Lovers Lane United Methodist Church
9200 Inwood Road, Dallas, TX 75220

Meditation on Winter will be one of the artworks featured in The Mind’s Eye, an exhibition and fundraiser that explores the impact of Alzheimer’s research and caregiver support sponsored by the Dallas Area Fiber Artists, the Lovers Lane United Methodist Church Foundation and the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Dallas Chapter to commemorate World Alzheimer’s Month.

In the language of flowers, the pansy is a symbol of remembrance. Meditation on Winter features a recollection of a long ago winter spent among relatives in Southern Louisiana.