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Cynethea's Profile

I am a self-taught seamstress, crocheter and handcraft artist. My passion has always been creativity and I love fabrics. As a young girl I loved sewing and made all my doll clothes by hand. When I was in junior high school my mother gave me a portable Singer sewing machine which opened a whole new world for me. It was my mother who showed me how to crochet my first chain and it was not long before I began teaching myself to make blankets, hats, scarves and other creations. Later in my life I wanted to create art with fabric and tried a variety of expressions to include cloth dolls and clowns, frameable art, tapestries and inspirational pillows. My collection of fabric art greeting cards (Encouragements © 1997) was created as a result of a desire to send words of inspiration to uplift and encourage women involved in Christian ministry. I have expanded my line to include blank note cards with African designs reminiscent of the years I spent as a Missionary in Liberia, West Africa.

One of my methods for creative expression has been through doll making which I learned in 1990. To highlight the importance of preserving and showcasing positive images of African American culture, using my original pattern, I created a line of one-of-a-kind soft sculpture cloth dolls and clowns (Girlfriends and Fellas © 1991 and Clown Reunion © 1991). Through the years my dolls have been showcased at local and national expos, shops and galleries to include Echo Gallerie at Union Station, Artists on The Avenue, The Guilds of Cotton Mill Square, Gallery Serengeti and Dark Images National Doll Show. Several of my dolls are featured in Black Dolls: An Identification and Value Guidebook II by Author, Myla Perkins. In December 2008 Tuti Tender Heart © 2008, a doll I created to promote breast cancer awareness was featured on WUSA 9 Pink Holiday Gifts segment by Anchor Andrea Roane.

And so, my creative passion and joy for creating lovely things with my hands through the years is what brings me here today.

Female, Born on March 4

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