“Stitch your stress away,” is a quote that quilter Aisha Lumumba has taken to heart. Many hours of hard work are visible in the more than 20 quilts depicting noted African Americans currently on display in the Fourth Floor Exhibition Gallery at the Birmingham Public Library. This exhibition includes likenesses of President and Mrs. Obama, Oprah Winfrey, and the late Billie Holiday. Each piece reflects the textile artist’s heritage and interest in history. The African American History Makers Quilt Exhibition opened earlier this month and runs through February 24 at the Central Library located at 2100 Park Place.
Lumumba will present a Gallery Talk on Saturday, January 28, in the 4th Floor Gallery of the downtown library at 2:00 p.m. The artist will focus on the inspirations and stories behind her striking quilts. As a youngster, Lumumba sewed and created art projects with fabric. She learned quilting by watching elders stitch colorful cloth swatches together; she began her first quilt as a teenager. With more than 25 years of experience working with textile arts, Lumumba strives to capture the musical rhythm of the colors, designs, and texture of the pieces she creates. “I want my quilts to tell a story and maybe even sing,” Lumumba states.
Press release for the Aisha Lumumba Gallery Talk
Gallery Talk Presented by Aisha Lumumba
Central Library, 4th Floor Gallery
Saturday, January 28, 2012