It Figures


Individually sewn figures produced in sewing circles conducted in communities around the US reflect improvisational element of African American life and lifestyles. Black and white “faces” are sewn or transferred onto the heads of figures made from cotton fabric. Figures are detailed with beads, coins, nails, pins, hair, fabric and other material. Masonite, hard board, metal cooking utensils and bake ware are used as “frames” and constructed to build the boundaries of pictorial space. Figures are glued, nailed, or pinned inside these framed spaces.

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