May Day::”Today I Begin Anew…”

May 1st is a memory of celebrating spring by dancing vibrant colored strips of cloth around a flower-covered pole.  Momma was the freshman/sophomore Home Ec teacher in charge of dying the fabric.  She dyed the fabric in our backyard under a pecan tree on Atlantic Street.  May Day meant being able to wear all myContinue reading “May Day::”Today I Begin Anew…””

Quilting Memories

(Anne Carson “Uncle Harry” Inspired Writing)  First of all, life in Wilson County, North Carolina when I was born was defined by segregation, social injustice, economic starvation and institutional discrimination enforced by “Jim Crow” laws. The brutality and harsh reality of life was white washed and veiled behind lace curtains of poison ivy drenched inContinue reading “Quilting Memories”

Momma & Me: Indigo Blues & Slow Stitching

Sunday was my birthday and I had a writing assignment in my Loft Literary Center class to write a 26 sentence story.  I had never heard of such a thing but the idea is to begin each sentence with the letters in the alphabet, i.e. A, B, C etc.  The hardest for me was “X”,Continue reading “Momma & Me: Indigo Blues & Slow Stitching”

Cloth As Memoir

I’m organizing my living environment into a creative hands working studio. My Momma had a lot of nice things that she collected in my childhood home. Stories and her creative hands are attached to many of these items. But, the bottom line is that I’ve got too much stuff. It’s overwhelming! Momma saved everything. I’veContinue reading “Cloth As Memoir”

My Indigo Blues Journey

I’m a Teaching Artist from a family of teachers and women who loved sewing, quilting, dyeing fabric, weaving rugs, embroidery and crochet.  I grew up in a multi-generational home where handmade was a way of life.  I earned a BFA at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Studio Art with concentrations inContinue reading “My Indigo Blues Journey”

Awa Indigo Art Project Ai-no-Keshiki

Today is Day 03 of my participation living with a square of indigo in a fading box with connections to Japan. The cloth was dyed with indigo from Tokushima and the art project is led and developed by Rowland Ricketts. Four hundred and fifty people are participating all around the world. I feel abundantly blessedContinue reading “Awa Indigo Art Project Ai-no-Keshiki”

All About Indigo

The only natural blue dye comes from the indigo plant. Indigo is one of the oldest dyes in the history of humanity. Its history is rich with mystery, ruthlessness, greed, exploration and mystical qualities. All About Indigo explores the plant.