You Might Like This

Julian Francis Abele

Julian Francis Abele

Julian Francis Abele was born in 1881 to a prominent African American family in Philadelphia. He was the youngest of 8 children born to Charles and Mary Adelaide Jones Abele. .Abele was the first Black student admitted to the University of Pennsylvania's Department of Architecture. Being Black, he was not allowed to live in the dormitories or eat in the dining halls. Nevertheless, he was elected President of the student architectural society by his classmates and graduated in 1902. .In 1906, Abele joined the Horace Trumbauer firm as assistant to the chief designer. By 1909, Abele advanced to chief designer..As chief designer...

Read more
George Joseph Herriman

George Joseph Herriman

George Joseph Herriman III was born August 22, 1880, in New Orleans..At age 10, his family moved to Los Angeles. Soon after graduating high school, George sold an illustration to the Los Angeles Herald, leading to a job in the engraving department, where he would also draw advertisements and political cartoons..In 1900, George snuck onto a freight train headed for New York City. By October 1901, he had two syndicated strips appearing in newspapers nationwide. .He began his first strip that had a continuing character, Musical Mose in 1902. The strip featured a Black musician who impersonated other ethnicities, only to suffer the consequences...

Read more
Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley

Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley

This year for Black History Month, I'm going to be highlighting people who were design pioneers. They changed American fashion, architecture and design and helped create our American aesthetic..First is Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley. Ms. Keckley (Lizzy) was born into slavery in 1818. She learned her dressmaking skills, and to read and write from her mother who was also enslaved..While enslaved, Lizzy's owners (her biological half-sister and sister's husband) used earnings from the sale of Lizzy's dresses as their primary means of income. Nevertheless, in 1855, Lizzy was able to purchase her freedom for $1200 ($35,000 today)..She moved to Washington DC...

Read more
Oh hi, it's me!

Oh hi, it's me!

So Etsy wrote an article about me and I could not be more humbled, appreciative, grateful and amazed. I've been designing things my whole life (truly, I remember being 4 or 5 and cutting up a dress because I thought it would be better as a skirt and shirt) but I don't think I've really ever felt like a 'designer' until this year and maybe even until reading this article and realizing that there are people out there who get it and who enjoy the things that I make.  I was such a design school misfit because I spent so much...

Read more
Liberty Kanga - 100% cotton, use as a head wrap, skirt or apron

Kangas

When I was 11, we moved to Tanzania. I've never been back but it's probably the place that is most mythologized in my mind. Everything I remember about it is amazing from the beach, to my crew of friends from all over the world, to our house that had a 3 story bougainvillea tree that wrapped around the front porch and wove its way up past the roof.  I remember falling in love with Tanzanian textiles. In particular, I was obsessed with kangas. Kangas are large cotton rectangles, about 40" x 60" and almost always printed with bright colors and patterns. I...

Read more
National Dog Day

National Dog Day

Last Thursday was National Dog Day. Here's a pic of my dog, Frida. She's seriously one of the goofiest, sweetest, sassiest, fiercest, most lovable beings on the planet. Having a dog has changed me in some of the best ways. If you have the time (and money, inclination, patience, love and space in your mental and physical life) to get a dog, I can't recommend it highly enough. 

Read more
×