Quilting is an amazing way to preserve history, conserve resources and provide a piece of comfort and for generations to come.
Today I am remembering an artist that came into my life in passing and still has place in my mind and my heart when I think of her work and influence.
Jacquelyn Hughes Mooney, was a wonderful example of living art. Born in New Orleans, in 1950 Mooney’s artistic talent carried her throughout the world in fashion, humanitarian acts and in art education
I met Jacquelyn Hughes Mooney In Greensboro, NC. where she held position at Bennett College for Women as Artist In Residence, It was in 2010 where my fondest memory of Mrs. Mooney was made when she facilitated a quilting workshop. at the African American Atelier, The workshop was very well attended by young, old, black and white. What a great way to bring community together.
I encourage you to research more on Jacquelyn Hughes Mooney, whose work is in the collection of Oprah Winfrey, The late Dr. Maya Angelou and many other greats.
We will miss Jacquelyn Mooney but her art will live on forever.
Emmett, My condolences for your wife Phaladya Dean’s passing. It’s so difficult to process, you need time to readjust to the new you with her physically gone.
I never had the honor of meeting your wife, but She must have been wonderful considering how awesome and kind you are.
I’ve decided to use my Grandmothers scarves to recover special bags that I just won’t let go of. The scarves still hold her scent. A warmth comes over me that feels like her forehead pressed against mine like she would do. Her soft voice saying peace and love at every parting of ways are in the scent of those scarves. When ever she visited she carried a bag filled with her projects, snacks and community information she had to share. She kept her head covered with fabric torn from the bottom of a skirt she hemmed so she would match head to toe. It’s not easy to let go of 42 years in two years. Knowing life without the physical form and becoming closer to the spiritual being is the only way to stay at peace and in Love.
With Emily Hill Rollins,