We always had the laying around. Playing underneath them and wrapping our little brown bodies in them to keep warm on cool Autumn nights. Pieces of left over history, dreams, stories, hand me downs and bits all stitched up together to make a quilt. They didn't make them for show. My Grandma would say, " Only the white women got to make dem kind. The real pretty ones with diamond and log cabin patches. Didn't nobody have time to make dem kinda ting." They made the kind that was called ," Necessary Quilts." My Grandma called them " "Nesasity" She was Gullah Geechee. The community of women would come together and work to create a quilt for each family. They would work on one and finish that one and start someone else's. They would sing songs and talk about the happening in the community and pray. Some used the quilts to hang up against the crack in the clap board houses to keep the cold out. Some to make a mattress for the family to sleep on. They even used them for storytelling, teaching the Bible and yes, even as maps to get to freedom. Now I am trying to learn how to make these quilts so that I might share them with my baby girl and leave a legacy for my family. This book is about a very talented woman named, "Harriet Powers". Harriet was a fantastic quilt maker artist. This book tells her amazing story and I got to do the artwork for. If you are quilter or would like to be one, or just like quilting stories, you are going to love this book. "Sewing Stories " By Barbara Herkert. Illustrated by your's truly. Coming soon! I'll keep you posted!
One little brown girl asking a question.
Why are there hundreds and hundreds of book with little to no
brown girls as princesses and queens?? Why are there no
books about Brown girls dreaming big? Why are there
no books about girls like me going to different places
in the world and having an adventure?
Why?? Can someone please tell me why??
Okay then, Ms.V Please write some books about
brown girls like me. Going places and having
an adventure and meeting people on the back of
a green elephant named Swasi.
Today, I'am thinking about Mother's all over the world.
Doesn't matter what color, race, language or village.
Mother's are very important and very powerful. It' more
than doing the laundry and feeding the child. It' more
than the buying of toys and PTA meeting. It's so much more
than just those things. It's a mother's heart and what she
puts into her children. The Love and the care she shows
them. The lessons taught and learned. These things will
last forever. Wishing you all a very Happy Mother's Day!
I love working digitally, but sometimes I just have to go
back to traditional paint and collage elements.
I have been so stressed recently and I find that when I
take the time to pull out my paintbox and collage papers
and glue, that it actually relaxes me in a way that
nothing else does. What do you do creatively that helps
mangage in your life. I'm interested??
Hello Blogger Family,
It's been a while, but I have taken to blogging again.
We will see if it sticks cause I have a pile of work on
my desk, but I miss my friends so much. Hope that all of
had a wonderful Holiday and Christmas. I have already
celebrated the New Year, but for those of you who
are waiting..... Well,... Happy New Year to you!!!
May it bring your hearts much joy and happiness and
lots of creativity energy!
I have been doing lots and lots of books and things,
but I haven't written and illustrated anything
of my own in a long while. I was playing with some
China Markers that I purchased and I really had fun
doing so. It was nice to put pencil to paper again.
I have been working digitally and hardly ever get to
do that. I am working out a new style and different
approach to my work. I am also working on my writing
again. Kinda like a journey to me. Well, I put china
marker to paper and this little girl came out.
She is Lil V or Vanessa. A version of my 4 year old
self. I hope to share stories of my childhood in a
humorous way to excite and inspire children. I would
love to hear your thoughts if you are willing?
Wishing you All a very Happy New Year!
Lots going on here and there. I won the Jane Addams Peace Award
and went to NYC to receive the beautiful award. Debbie Levy and I received the award for our book,
"We Shall Over Come"published by Disney -Hyperion and Jump At The Sun Press. We had an awesome beautiful day.
I also got the pleasure and joy of seeing Ludwigs Bemelmens's
Madeline and that was awesome! It's on it's way to Eric Carle Museum. If you are in the area please
check it out! It was beautiful.
Friday was a most important day for me and Debbie Levy as we were both presented with the Jane Addams Peace Award for our book "We Shall Over Come", published by Disney-Hyperion and Jump At Sun Press. It was indeed an honor and if you know me, you know I cried. Like a baby. I only wished that my Mother, Father and the rest of my family could have been there. We were hosted so beautifully by the committee and you could literally feel the love in the room. I will never forget their kindness and sweet words to me. Marianne Baker, YOU ARE THE BOMB DIGGITY LADY, thank you Ann, Heather my hostess, Pat and everyone for making the day so very beautiful and special. Tearfully thank you all from the bottom of my heart. A very special thank you to my Sister Coy LaVerne Brantley Curry who wrote my acceptance speech! You are the wind beneath my wings girl. This could not have happened with out your love. Tearfully me. Love you!