Storytelling through quilting has been a rich tradition in women's history for centuries. StoryQuilter Kianga Jinaki will take us on a journey through the history of this folk art form, starting with the mother of the movement, Harriet Powers. Harriet Powers was born into slavery in the mid-1800s in Athens, Georgia, and although she could not read, she related personal and biblical stories through the images incorporated into the panels of her quilts. Her work became well-known, and she received commissions from others. The art of Harriet Powers continues to influence new generations of StoryQuilters today, including Sherry E. Whetstone, Lauren Austin, and Kianga Jinaki. These women use quilts to honor their culture and heritage and tell their own personal stories.
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About Kianga Jinaki
Kianga is a self-taught artist born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. Growing up in the 60’s and 70’s, being immersed in the cultural and civil rights movement of the time, and reading the works of Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Octavia Butler and other cultural icons, gave her an appreciation for her African-American culture and a desire to express it through her art. As a child, she created collages, and her greatest influence was Romare Bearden. The work of quilter Faith Ringgold enabled her to see quilting as a viable medium to tell the stories of her people, and Kianga creates art quilts, dolls, and mixed media works that tell the story of her heritage as an African-American. She sees her work as contemporary folk art. Her work includes historic and cultural traditions from both America and Africa. Traditional and contemporary African textiles are used in her work as well as textiles that she creates by dyeing, sun printing, and appliqué.
In most recent years, some of Kianga's top accomplishments include: The Curators Award at the Exhibition Contemporary Fiber of Florida 2019 at FloridaCraft Art Gallery, Honorable Mention in the art quilt category of the Juried exhibition at the Broward Quilt Expo 2019, and the exhibition of her work in “Soul Utterings: Creative Works by Kianga Jinaki and John Mascoll” September 2019- January 2020 at the Hannibal Square Heritage Center in Winter Park.
Storytelling through Quilts
Sat, Mar 20, 2021 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (EDT)
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