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What is ‘functional art’?

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What is ‘functional art’?

 I make and design beautiful, useful things to edify the people who collect them. Special, exclusive things for people who want a bit of understated elegance. 

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Father I Stretch My Hands to You

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Father I Stretch My Hands to You

I know, I know, the line ends with "to Thee" but, give me a chance to explain, please. Thank you. Okay. So I've been doing some genealogical research, superficial stuff to be honest. I'm not trying to find anything groundbreaking or earth shattering. I'm not trying to spill any generational tea or anything, I just want to know the names of all my ancestors as far back as I can go.  So far, I've gone back to 3 of my grandparents' grandparents, and it's been exciting and empowering in a way I don't know how to verbalize. The world has...

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de mon coeur (from my heart)

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de mon coeur (from my heart)

My creative expression is intuitive, as you know, so sometimes, I end up painting messages to younger versions of myself to help them understand that the mistakes they think they made, or the path they chose, was just fine because it all made me the person I am right now. A person I love more than anything or anyone. And I believe that more Black womxn and girls need these messages.

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When Art is Therapy: My Inner Child confronts a monster

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When Art is Therapy: My Inner Child confronts a monster

I had trouble with this piece for sure. I doubted my inner child's choices and methods, I made excuses for the parts of her that were being represented. I felt it unfair to paint her this way. But in allowing it to happen, surrendering to that child's truth, I've been able to see all of us in a new way. And I'm grateful. 

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Bag Lady

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Bag Lady

So, a thing happened. A few months ago, I bought some tote bags and decided to paint them. But because I had so many other projects going on, I forgot about them. Well, one day I got bored painting canvas (which happens every now and again) and "found" those bags. I grabbed some fabric paint I had laying around and went to work. And now I have totes available on the site.  I love tote bags. As a grad student and professor, they became my go-to on long days when I had to be on campus, bouncing between classes and...

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