Betty is a culturally-inspired fiber mixed media artist, her work is informed by artistic and cultural traditions of Africa and the African diaspora, is inspired by cultural contributions of African Americans (such as Jazz) and addresses themes of identity, heritage, nature, cultural symbolism and ritual. She considers herself a shape-shifter of textiles, blending multiple techniques and processes including, hand- and machine-stitching, quilting, wet felt making, and surface design such as dyeing, painting, marbling, stenciling, and printing. Sewing and quilting existed on both sides of her family; her maternal grandmother taught her to sew as a child. Her Guyanese maternal grandfather ignited an interest in world cultures. Betty attempts to create opportunities for under-served and under-resourced ethnic communities and individuals through interactive, hands-on, fiber art projects where participants acquire new artistic skills, share untold stories, and develop respect for cultural diversity in our communities.
Video produced by: Debbie Rudman (ACG '09)