Mind Over Matter

Being alive means having the capacity to carry past experiences and learn from them. But there is a point when this emotional baggage becomes too much.  Carrying too much emotional baggage can literally stop us from being open to new experiences and growth.

How we choose to handle our baggage makes a difference. We have the choice to let it define us or to let it go and move forward.

With it’s festive pom poms and colorful African print fabric, Mind Over Matter is meant as a reminder that racial bias does not define me. It is a celebration of identity.

Mind Over Matter

Thunder Dome

Inspiration…

Recycled commercial fishing net, ribbon, and paracord 64 x 12 x 6 in September 2020

Interpretation…

Recycled commercial fishing net, ribbon, and paracord 64 x 12 x 6 in September 2020

Morning Dew

Sunrise and Morning Dew

The ornamental grasses on my roof deck sway gently,
with the breeze.
Holding droplets of dew , while the sun rises.
The light dancing between the high rises,
in boomerang reflection.
Warming the air and evaporating the pearl like droplets,
into vapor.

250′ Cotton rope, yarn, and a string of pearls on 8′ steel structure

Silky Dreads

Cotton rope, wool, acrylic and reflective yarns, thread, satin & cotton ribbons, pearls, pom poms and eyelash thread.

I Am My Hair; reflects on politics and mystery of black hair…

Who Am I As an Artist?

I am an artist, craftivist and community builder.

I work lives at the intersection of memory and textile.

I prefer used and found fabrics and recycled materials that have object histories.

I am drawn by the ability of fiber and handwork to build communities and increase awareness of social/political issues.

Making Twilight Off The Bow

I invited friends to my studio to wrap yarn, recycled sari thread, ribbon onto cotton rope. 
5 people imbued their essence and became a part of the rope, as we discussed the trials and tribulations of our hair.
Finding a common denominator amongst us all, HAIR.

“Twilight Off The Bow” Mixed Media Fiber 100’x 1/2″ 2019

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

Upcoming Exhibitions: August

HCCC Pow(h)er

Exhibition Run Dates: August 1- September 24, 2019

Opening Reception: August 1, 2019 from 4:00-7:00pm

LOCATION: Hudson County Community College, 70 Sip Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07306, USA

If You’re Not Invited to the Party, Throw Your Own Size: 12 x 12 x 1 in Medium: Acrylic paint, Xerox image transfers, stencil printed deli, paper, paper punched recycled envelops, tissue paper, buttons, glitter appliqués, glitter, Diamond Dust on canvas. July 2018

InterWoven

Exhibition Run Dates: August 2- September 21,2019

Opening Reception: August 2, 2019 @ 4:00pm

LOCATION: BSB Gallery143 East State St. Suite 4, Trenton, New Jersey 08608

Theda Sandiford “Ultra-Violet” Mixed Media Fiber 100′ x 1/2″ 2019