“America, America.” 2017. Embroidered and sewn fabric with twisted wire, seed beads.
Song to the tune of “America the Beautiful,” written by Iviva Olenick about the Pinckney family South Carolina plantations, indigo as a cash crop and heralded feminist, Eliza Lucas Pinckney.
“Oh beautiful, my plantations
my fields of indigo.
The seeds that failed now flourish here
success is sure to grow.
America, America, Father’s dreams are coming true
a cash crop fueled by slave labor
keep Europe dyed in blue.”
With seed funding from Puffin West Foundation, I’m experimenting with growing indigo from seed to dye, and plan to offer community dyeing workshops with context about the history of American indigo. Thank you, Puffin Foundation West.
Budding Indigo and beaded leaves. Brooklyn, NY