9.20.2015

Peacework: Works inspired by African-American quilting traditions

Quilt created by the Yeyo Arts Collective
Peacework: An exhibition of works inspired by African-American quilting techniques and traditions by St. Louis area artists. Literal quilts are great, but so are drawings, paintings, collage, photographs, mixed media work. What do you think of when you think of African-American quilts? Do you think of storytelling? Making the most of what you have? Creating beauty? Turning seemingly disparate pieces into something gorgeous and practical?

The exhibition opens Friday, October 2, 7:00pm-9:00pm. The Peacework exhibition is conjunction with the Innovations in Textiles Symposium 10.

Curated by Waridi Valentine and Erica Popp. 



Erica Popp (left) and Waridi Valentine (right)

About the Curators: 

Waridi Valentine is best known as the designer of Zanzibari. Her unique accessorires and designs often include gorgeous African prints. Waridi grew up in Tanzania and has lived in other African countries. She currently lives in St. Louis, Missouri where she has been an active member of the Yeyo Arts Collective for over 3 years as a volunteer. 

Erica Popp is an Assistant Professor of Photography at St. Louis Community College - Florissant Valley in Ferguson, Missouri. Her work is mainly photo-based, but she also loves working in ceramics and textiles. Popp is a Yeyo Arts Collective member. 

Both artists believe in and advocate for the Yeyo Arts mission of creative empowerment of women and families.

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