Celebration is the key to living a fulfilled life. From significant milestone events like weddings and birthdays to smaller moments of serendipity, the act of celebration is an affirmation of one’s place in the world. Across cultures, communities have used festive textiles to show an appreciation for their values and histories.
In my research, I became interested in understanding how Black people have used Sunday Best as a form of self-pride and appreciation. Since the 16th century, the Black church has laid a foundation for spiritual connection and resilience. Originally being the one day out of the week where enslaved people could show their finest outfits and break from the routine of work, the church provides a community that lifts spirits and encouraged unity.
Sounds of laughter, dancing, and praise create an atmosphere to escape the worries of the world. The phrase Sunday Best has been used to describe the tradition of getting dressed up for church on Sundays and presenting one’s best self to God. As I began to explore the history of the church and influence of spirituality in the African American community, I developed an interest in looking at the need for celebration daily. In my textiles, I create fabrics and wallpaper that evoke the feeling of joy through color and show an appreciation for the everyday.
Digital Fabric, Metallic Pigment
A set of mixed media fabrics inspired by an observation of everyday moments of serendipity. Emphasizing a desire to romanticize the everyday through an awareness of the present through a combination of materials that exploring moments of joy from staying present.
Serendipity Monoprint 1.
Pigment, Digital Print of Linen
144" x 51"
A large scale composition of mixed media collage digitally printed on linen.
Serendipity Monoprint 2.
Digital Fabric, Pigment Base, Pearlescent Powder
42" x 144"
Whimsical monoprint of painted foliage and paper cutouts.
Flocking, glitter, metallic pigment, digital print on duchess satin
54" x 144"
Monoprint of colorful abstract florals painted on Duchess Satin.
- Design Engineering
- Digital + Media
- Furniture Design
- Global Arts and Cultures
- Graphic Design
- Industrial Design
- Interior Architecture
- Jewelry + Metalsmithing
- Landscape Architecture
- Nature-Culture-Sustainability Studies