As a four year-old I learned to crochet. In my preteen years I learned to knit. During my college freshman year I taught myself to sew with the help of reflections on a 7th grade Home Economics class, instructions in the pattern's envelope and a good learning-to-sew-type book.
For several decades I have created wearable items by means of needle knitting and sewing. Garments I've made or designed and constructed have appeared on national television, in yarn shops, on stage in a production at the University of Massachusetts, and in my own wardrobe. Just thinking the words 'fabric', 'cloth', 'textiles', gives me goosebumps, causes my heart to flutter, brings a song to my soul! Many of you can probably relate. Although I have not yet put my fabric to work in a quilt, I keep collecting leftovers from my wardrobe projects just waiting. One day. . .
In the early 1990’s an acquaintance introduced me to polymer clay. Since that time I have forgone eating and sleeping many times in the quest to perfect art beads, buttons, pots, pendants and what I've titled "HeartBoxes."
One year a while back I went on a long walk with a group of approximately sixty people. Walking across 14 countries over thirteen months at a rate of about 25 miles per day on the "The Interfaith Pilgrimage of the Middle Passage" I learned that craft art is who I am. Until that journey I always thought craft art is what I did.
Now, I strive to bring clearly my artistic voice into form, to discern and describe "Black American" as wearable and functional art. Below you can check out how I'm doin'.
Come back to see some of the new pieces I have been working on!
by G. Roger Denson
It may seem a benign choice of words to Europeans and Americans who have been educated with little orientation to our former roles as colonizing nations, but to art audiences from the myriad nations with whom we are…Continue
Gradually more and more artists and makers are learning about this medium I like to describe as akin to working with "solid paint." Over the past decades fine artists and craftspeople have chosen polymer clay as their medium of choice. Works featuring this clay can be found in sophisticated art galleries and museums, such as the Smithsonian Institution, around the world.
In the early 1990’s an acquaintance introduced me to polymer clay. Initially, in the early days I would work…Continue