Sunday, September 26, 2010

Presenting: Billie McCray | Fiber Artist

Billie McCray was born in Tuskegee, Alabama and went to college at Tuskegee Institute College and majored in Early Childhood Education. She and her husband celebrated 43 years of marriage January of 2010. They have one child, a daughter, who is fabulously creative herself. The apple story right. Billie has no formal art training but loves guilting and making things from found and discarded  items. Fiber art began with her husband having a fondness for the work of Memphis Woods, and wanting a piece for their home. Billie looked at Memphis work and decided she could do that. Warrior woman attitude and the rest is history. Billie uses piping rope, broken jewelry, tons of fabric, African beads, thrown away handbags, you name it. She has an eye, natural talent and self determination, combining that with a sewing machine and hand stitching. Her attention to detail is more than obvious. I had the joy of seeing her work today at American Beach Community Center in celebration of MaVynee Oshun Betsch, better known as the 'The Beach Lady'. Billie's work is gorgeous. Check it.

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