Stitching with Steel: A Chat with Kristine Mays

Kristine Mays website, instagram, facebook

Eldridge Cleaver, writer and political activist

”Our crown has already been bought and paid for. All we have to do is wear it.” –James Baldwin

Lisa shared her exploration of “Forecrafting:” using one’s limited resources to craft something that will save and preserve your future- whether you’re there to see it or not. inspired by Joshebed, biblical Moses’ mother, and fueled by Sally Hemmings, an enslaved Black girl (she gave birth to her first child by Thomas Jefferson at 14) and woman (half-sister to Jefferson’s wife) who “negotiated extraordinary privileges” with  Jefferson  for the eventual freedom of her children by him.  

Cecile Lewis, teacher, natural dyer, quilter, and artist

Lisa mentions Kristine’s show “The Black Woman is God: Divine Revolution”

Kristine’s upcoming installation can be experienced at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, during the Orchid Daze February 12-April 10, 2022

BlackWomenStitch Instagram, homepage, Patreon

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Lisa is a fourth-generation sewing enthusiast who learned to sew while earning a PhD in African American literature and culture. She has been sewing for more than twenty years while also teaching, researching, and publishing in Black American literature and culture.

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