From traditional quilting to the fiber artists of today, fabric, stitching, and slow crafts have often lent themselves to meditation on political and personal subject matters. This may take the form of repurposing a lost loved one's clothing into a quilt as demonstrated by Gee's Bend quilters, or reacting to a political or social movement with a body of textile work like Billie Zangewa and Michael A. Cummings.

I hope you will enjoying browsing the work of these six BIPOC fiber artists, keeping in mind that this list just scratches the surface of impressive and affecting art being made both historically and today.


This page was compiled by Cady Fontana, Makerspace Librarian at Tompkins County Public Library.

Fiber Artists