I’ve got plenty of Yucca plants. And after spending the cordage workshop at St. Georges Botanical Garden, I know how to process the fibers. The only thing I’m not so sure about, is the chewing part. I’ll leave that part alone.
I’m a fiber artist who processes repurposed materials. Now that I am on St Croix, I am itching to explore the abundance of natural fibers just outside my door, palms, coconut, vines, bamboo, to name a few. Last month, St. Georges Botanical Garden hosted three natural fiber workshops using materials sources from their garden. Naturally, I showed up ready to learn and experiment.
This is how it went
Rope making using invasive snake plants.
Paper making is sparking new ideas.
And I spent a morning palm weaving…
Ive been thinking incorporating these experiments into my practice and new ideas are percolating. Meanwhile, I am building a tool kit of garden sheers, gloves, buckets, and bins to process natural fibers at Sky Garden Retreat in St. Croix.
I was today’s year old, when I learned that once a banana cluster has been produced, that stem will no longer produce anymore fruit. Not only that, banana fiber is a great plant-based alternative to silk, and a more sustainable alternative to cotton.
Note to self, contact banana producers in St. Croix for the stems after the fruit has been harvested.
My solo show, Triggered, Truth & Transformation opens this week in Auburn NY.
Exhibition Dates: March 25-May 28, 2023
Location:Schweinfurth Art Center; 205 Genesee St. Auburn, NY 13021
I will be leading a rope making workshop on April 15, 2023. Please join me
Despite the growing commitment to racial equity, the day-to-day experiences of women of color are not improving. Women of color face similar types and frequencies of microaggressions as they did two years ago – and they remain far more likely than white women to face disrespectful and “othering” behavior.
The weight of these triggers underpins very real consequences… stress, anger, frustration, self-doubt and ultimately feelings of powerlessness and invisibility. These triggers come with a hefty toll of emotional baggage.
Extensions of rope, wrapped, knotted, woven, and embellished with recycled textiles, zip ties, ribbon and yarn, gingerly invite the audience into off the-wall conversations about the “respectability politics” of black hair. My Emotional Baggage Carts are vessels for this racial trauma. The act of making, weaves the sting of daily microaggressions into the cart, freeing me from these constraints.