IG Livestream Happy Hour

I miss YOU, my community…

I’m opening my studio virtually on Instagram Live for Happy Hour.

Friday April 3rd at 5pm-6pm ET.

Follow me on Instagram @MissTheda and join the Livestream for a tour of my studio, wine drinking, works in progress and Q&A.

#IGTVLive #live #HappyHour #ThedaSandifordArt #quarantineartclub  #clubQuarantine #QuarantineandChill #SocialDistancing #TogetherAtHome #VirtualStudioVisit #StayHomeStaySafe #quarantineart #ArtCanHelp

Virtual Tour of Wonder Women

Take of virtual tour of Wonder Women exhibition at Bridget Arts Gallery …

This is me and my series Wonder Women

Learn about my creative process…

FIBER 2020

McCarty Just dropped off my piece, Caribbean Friendship Bracelet in Connecticut for the FIBER 2020 show. This exhibition will showcase the best of contemporary fiber art and will reflect a breadth of functional and non-functional works that use natural fiber and/ or high tech materials in traditional or innovative ways.

The opening has been postponed due to Corona Virus. Watch this space for more detail on a virtual way to see the show.

EXHIBITION DATES: April 4- May 15, 2020

LOCATION: 1037 Silvermine Rd, New Canaan, CT 06840

SPRING/BREAK Art Show 2020

Please come out to see my work at SPRING/BREAK Art Show! @apc.ny (625 Madison Ave.) March 3 – 9 Featured in “Loss of consciousness in Five Acts” curated by Imlay Gallery.

SPRING/BREAK ART SHOW 2020 

625 MADISON AVENUE, NYC

VIP OPENING
Tuesday, March 3rd
11am – 8:30pm

EXHIBITION ON VIEW
March 4 – 9, 2020
11am – 8pm daily

Ultra Violet explores the notion of overwhelm by questioning ideas of permission, protection, aesthetics, trauma and identity as a black woman living in a world encoded with “Universal truths” determined by whiteness.

Join Me for Greenville Art Walk March 1st

The Greenville Section of Jersey City celebrates Women’s History Month with a March Greenville Art Walk that focuses on women-owned businesses and showcases mostly female artists. This monthly neighborhood stroll – where artists, venues, businesses, residents and visitors come together in one of the oldest urban neighborhoods in New Jersey –

Greenville Art Walk: Women’s History Month

Sunday March 1, 1:00pm – 5:00pm

“Big Mouth” will be posted up at BRICK STREET REALTY at 520 Ocean Avenue in Jersey City, NJ. I will be there hosting “I Am My Hair” Yarn Wrapping Workshop.


Register here to participate 
Https://www.eventbrite.com/e/greenville-art-walk-womens-history-month-tickets-91086988635

“Wakanda Forever” Theda Sandiford Golden High Flow acrylic, Golden Soft Gel Gloss acrylic skin, Tulip dimensional fabric paint, gesso, Montana Gold spray paint, recycled envelops, fabric squares from a quilt, tissue paper, felt from post consumer recycled fibers, glitter stars on canvas. 20″x20″x1″

Theda’s February Exhibitions

Expressive Creative Soul

LOCATION: Bridge Art Gallery – 199 Broadway, Bayonne, NJ 07002.

The Opening Reception is on Saturday, February 8th: 4:00pm – 8:00pm.

#ECSoul2020

14C Art Fair

My work will be on display in exhibition room 843 and in the Juried Exhibition at the Hyatt Regency, Exchange Place in Jersey City NJ from February 21st – 23rd.

Join me for a Yarn Wrapping Workshop in room, 843

Saturday, February 22nd 1:00-3:00pm

Sunday, February 23rd 1:00-3:00pm

I have a 75% off promo code for tickets for my guests. Promo code is
JURIEDSHOW75

Here is the direct link with the discount already applied:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/art-fair-14c-tickets-86837935603?discount=JURIEDSHOW75

Upcoming Yarn Wrapping: I Am My Hair Workshop Dates

Saturday, February 8th 12:00-3:00pm at Sky Garden Gallery; 150 Bay Street, PH9, Jersey City NJ RSVP Free admission, no experience necessary

Friday, February 21st 5:00-7:00pm at 14C Art Fair, Room 843 Hyatt Regency Jersey City On The Hudson; 2 Exchange Pl, Jersey City, NJ  TICKETS

Saturday, February 22nd 1:00-3:00pm at 14C Art Fair, Room 843 Hyatt Regency Jersey City On The Hudson; 2 Exchange Pl, Jersey City, NJ TICKETS

Sunday, February 23rd 1:00-3:00pm at 14C Art Fair, Room 843 Hyatt Regency Jersey City On The Hudson; 2 Exchange Pl, Jersey City, NJ TICKETS

Saturday, March 7th 1:00-4:00pm at Sky Garden Gallery; 150 Bay Street, PH9, Jersey City NJ RSVP Free admission, no experience necessary

Saturday, May 30th 1:00-3:00pm at BSB Gallery,143 E State St, Trenton, NJ. RSVP Free admission, no experience necessary

I Am My Hair Community Art Project

Please come participate in my ongoing community art project, I Am My Hair…

The next yarn wrapping session is Saturday, Feb. 8th 12:00pm – 3:00pm at 150 Bay Street, PH9. Jersey City, NJ


A videographer will be on hand to document our work. So come cute and camera ready. lol


Please RSVP on the FB Event if you can make it.

Let me know if you have any food allergies so I can prepare appropriately for you.

Extra Credit… Save the Date for March’s yarn wrapping session at my studio… March 7, 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Women’s Work Revisited

As a child, my grandmother insisted My sister and I learn how to sew. “These are important skills every young lady must know,” she would say. And even though I thought it was “old fashioned,” I learned to sew on an vintage Singer machine.

I vividly remember lying on the floor under the machine with my cheek resting on the cold metal stand while Grandma worked the pedals with her feet, letting out the hem on my pants to accommodate my growth spurt that summer. Whenever I see an old Singer machine this memory pops into my head, I can feel the cold metal on my face and smell a wiff of Grandmas perfume, Charlie.

My sister and I also learned needle point, crochet, beading, jewelry making from my Mom and friendship bracelets, macrame, basket weaving as Girl Scouts. My Mom was our troop leader. At the time, these were deemed important skills for young ladies to have… but somewhere along the way, after my Grandmother passed in 1988, I stopped doing “Women’s Work” and set aside craft in pursuit of “more important” things that would help me get ahead in the world, like scholastic aptitude.

My crafting skills lay buried deep in my subconscious for decades, until I rediscovered how restorative working with my hands can be. The repetition of knotting and wrapping has a meditative quality that silences the mind. My brain literally switches off and my hands just do their thing, fusing rope, yarn, ribbon and thread into something new. When I snap out of the trance, something miraculous rests in my hands. It never ceases to amaze me how insanely productive I can be when I stop thinking and just be. Counterintuitive, I know, but this how creativity manifests for me. 

I want to honor the women who instilled my love of art, by elevating craft to fine art and banishing the perception that “Women’s Work” is not as important as other art practices. All there is to do, is just be and let it happen.

To prepare for this journey, I am taking a couple workshops for fun and brush up on my skills at the Textile Arts Center in NYC this quarter.

  • Bead Embroidery workshop on 02/06/2020
  • Intro to Macrame + Knotting, a full day class on 02/16/2020
  • Advanced Pompom Techniques workshop on 03/03/2020

Check this space and my Instagram @MissTheda to see what I’m learning and how I’m incorporate these techniques into my art practice. I am excited to see what happens…

Another close up