As part of the Leeway Foundation‘s current exhibit Intertwined they will be hosting a talk with three of the artists on Sunday November 7th from 2-4pm. I always find it inspiring to hear other people’s influences and process–helps you frame and think about your own as well. I had the pleasure of hanging out with these women at the exhibit’s opening a few weeks ago and can promise you that they have interesting stories share!
About the Artists
Betty is a fiber artist, educator, lecturer, and curator and resides in Philadelphia. As an educator she has taught numerous workshops/residencies locally, in Allentown, New Jersey, and New York City. She has exhibited regionally, nationally, and internationally. Selected group exhibition venues include: The Mint Museum of Craft and Design, American Folk Art Museum, Renwick Gallery, Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History, New York State Museum, Museo de Arte Moderna (Salvador de Bahia, Brazil). In 1992 she was a co-curator for “Speaking in Our Own Tongues: Latino and African American Artists, A New Beginning” at Taller Puertorriqueño, Inc., and guest curator of “Warm Spirits: Contemporary African American Quilters” at the African American Museum of Philadelphia. Betty’s works were featured in three books authored by Dr. Carolyn L. Mazloomi, founder of the internationally recognized Women of Color Quilters Network.
Christina is a recipient of a 2002 Independence Foundation Artist Fellowship which she used for a research trip to Ghana where she studied textile production, surface design methods and other techniques. After spending a month creating textile designs, she produced quilts from the cloth, which were featured in a solo exhibit. The 2004 exhibit “Voices in Cloth” took place at the Philadelphia Independence Visitor Center. Christina has been a teaching artist, creating mural art quilts in the Philadelphia public schools and has taught at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She created and contributed quilts and pillowcases for sickle cell anemia patients at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She has also worked with cancer patients, HIV-infected women, a Jamaican women’s cooperative and is currently working with Alzheimer’s patients.
Toni is a mixed-media fiber artist whose background as a graphic designer informs her work. She began designing and making quilts in 2005. After studying fabric painting techniques, her creative focus shifted to fiber art and quilt making. Since that time, she has concentrated on developing a creative language that fuses quilt making with abstract painting, dyeing, beading, and printing techniques. Toni received her Bachelor of Arts/Graphic Design degree from the University of Illinois. She is an award-winning logo designer and her work has been published in American Corporate Identity 4. Toni taught for many years at the Art Institute of Philadelphia and has exhibited locally and nationally.