My primary purpose of sewing seams and creating stories is designed to engage, empower and educate about the history of African Americans.
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I am a creative, proactive and transformative textile and performing artist possessing the innovative ability to formulate fabrics and seams into wonderful stories. My visionary process evokes and informs viewers by exploring tangible and verbal artforms. The art quilts, abstracts and panels are constructed of music notes, adinkra symbols, feathers, beads, prints, patterns, denim and 2D. The textiles contain the following materials: paper, African or cotton fabric on canvas or wood panels. After four or more art pieces are completed, stories are implemented to embrace the art quilt or abstracts.
For 21 days, I shut off my outer body to support me with framing a piece(s). After the layout (s) is unveiled, I hand-select prints, patterns and threads to depict breathtaking textiles. My concepts consist of complying black outline drawings, digital graphing, photography, crayon drawings on poster board and sewing. Machine sewing or hand-stitching fabric on paper, canvas or cotton is my form of meditating. When my mind is relaxed, my hands control the progress and final art piece. I enjoy joining seams with fabric to generate a story, depicting my ancestors’ journey to and in America. It takes two or more months to produce an array of textiles and stories from an idea to wall hanging, art show or presentation.
Researching and studying the journey of African-Americans play an important role in designing, displaying and promoting my textiles. The primary purpose of sewing seams and applying a story is design to engage, empower and educate viewers of my creations about the history of African-Americans. As a textile and performing artist, I am honored to teach and share the journey of enslaved Africans in America through art and storytelling. My first solo exhibition consisted of twenty-one textiles on clotheslines with rope, clothespins, fencing post, burlap, buckets and concrete. The exhibit was designed to inform all generations with exploring the journey of enslaves, seeking FREEDOM in America.
This quote best expresses how I hope people feel when they view my work. “There are times people don’t want to hear what you’re saying, but they will relate and engage to what you express through ART”. - Art by .E Lewis 2022
In collaboration with the Black Archives of Mid-American.
Private, virtual tours and selected prints available
10 Textiles in honor of Juneteenth and MEN June 2021 Private and virtual tours available.
In collaboration with Pierpont's First Friday. Art and Wine Tasting at Union Station
Private and virtual tours
In collaboration with the Black Archives of Mid-America and Do Good Co welcomed "faces" textile traveling exhibit in honor of Afro-American Women.
In collaboration with Do Good Co and The Sewing Labs welcomed “Fashion and Fiber” and “Seams and Stories” textile traveling. In honor of Afro-American Female Jazz Vocalists through art, history, storytelling and jazz
In collaboration with the Black Archives of Mid-American, Interurban Arthouse and Johnson County Library
Private, virtual tours and selected prints available. ,
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