I remember it just like it was yesterday...my grandmother (we called her "Mother Dear") reaching back deep into her linen closet and uncovering the most beautiful handmade quilt I had ever seen. I was ten - visiting Detroit for the summer and needing some warmth for those cool Michigan nights. "Who made this?" I inquired. "Your great grandmother."
Neither my mother nor Mother Dear sewed or were visual artists. I later learned both of my great-grandmothers were masters of design and artists of the cloth. One was a quilter, and the other was a high-end seamstress for showgirls of her era.
Today, I celebrate my great-grandmothers and the creativity that they passed down to me through the name of my art studio, Pressley Green (named for my Mother Dear's mother, Annie Pressley Green). To them I say THANK YOU!
by Aziza Mims, Director, Lead Art Instructor