ABOUT KINDRED SEAMS . . .
As a young girl, I spent every summer with my grandmother, Carrie, in her sewing shop. My sister and I sat with her as she sewn pieces of fabric together to clothe others. Now, remembering and longing to feel connected with her, I began to sew with her memory as my teacher. I found that in the quiet moments behind my sewing machine, I am reenacting her quiet moments. In that time, I feel connected. Sewing, now is ritualistic, and the repetitive actions passed down through generations are a bridge. Whether it's a recipe, a way of tending to her garden, or sewing stitches into fabric, our ancestors are with us through these moments. Kindred Seams is a body of work that explores sewing as an ancestral connection among women of the African Diaspora.