Diana Baird N’Diaye

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Dr. Diana Baird N’Diaye is a multidisciplinary artist, folklife researcher, curator and transcontinental arts advocate who combines decades of experience both as a researcher and curator of African and African diaspora expressive culture. She considers her teaching as a vital aspect of her participatory art practice. N’Diaye’s art training began with sewing and needlework instruction from her Caribbean great aunts; In high school she became a student of African American couturiere Zelda Wynn Valdes, and worked as a mender in her mother’s dry cleaning store. Using her own transnational personal and family history as a starting point, she uses digital photography and stitching to create tableaus that interrogate the transatlantic identities/relationships and reconnections created in the aftermath of colonialism, and the transatlantic slave trade, as sources of both trauma and joy, disfunction and healing. Diana N’Diaye’s quilts are represented in the Michigan State University Museum collection; her wearable artworks are in several private collections. She is the founder of the Smithsonian’s African American Craft Initiative, the Will to Adorn, a Fellow of the American Folklore Society, an award-winning writer, a board member of the Center for Craft, and a Gateway Studio artist. 

Workshops

Harnessing the Power of Affirmative Ornaments: Soft Jewelry for Hard Times

Throughout time and across the globe, human beings have created, worn, and exchanged jewelry imbued with their longings, their aspirations, their sense of belonging, their desire for protection, and healing. […]

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