I made this video as a final assignment for my Digital Media class. Dr. Stacey Patton generously taught about 200 adults skills to tell their stories. Tell the stories for the ancestors and for the decedents. Let the future know how one person felt in this time, at this place, for me, to me.
This is the second time I received this instruction. During the summer term I skimmed the surface, but didn’t dig deep enough until the very end to really understand how to let go, how to give in, how to tell the truth. It is easy for me to share about my work. It’s much hard than for me to share about myself. I am learning. It becomes easier with practice.
Typically, the quilts I make incorporate many fabrics, often chosen at random. So, purchasing fabric to fulfill a design vision is a luxury for me. This is one more video for my magnum opus of 2020: Chroma Corona.
I really wanted my quilt to be part of the Lyndon House Arts Center’s 46th Juried Exhibition, mainly because the reception for the last show in 2020 was the last public event I attended before covid changed everything. There are other paths for this quilt. I’ll keep you posted.
I feel like this is the break thru moment I needed to tell my story. The pandemic, along with subversive teaching of Dr. Stacey Patton http://sparethekids.com/dr-stacey-patton/ created a space for me to seize urgency of now.
Those are the words I use to describe myself. I want to share the story of racism, discrimination, and always being on the outside.
I know, I know, I don’t look Black. I justify my racial identity to most of the people that I meet. Its gets old and uncomfortable and annoying to have strangers tell me who I am. Black folks would call me “light, bright and out of sight”. I feel Blacks don’t see me as one of thier own. When I’m in a predominately white crowd, I’m always listening for racist statements.
I found a place where no one care. I started hanging out with deadheads. The Dead crowd only cares if you have an extra ticket or “a little something for the head”. I also learned to tie-dye t-shirts as a way to pay for my fun.
Learning to quilt at 30 helped propel me into the adult world- in a positive way. Quilter is my main identy. I quilt almost daily. It’s always on my mind and brings me great joy to create my textile legacy.
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