Printed Silk chiffon, hand felted and stitched  – 118cm x 190cm

HER HAIR GROWS – Part of a series of hand felted and stitched textiles called Negotiations, HER HAIR GROWS references the popular ‘Tressy’ doll of the 1960s and the many ways my community transform our hair – in particular the joy and pain of hair straitening!

Clearly everybody at some time in their lives has had to compromise and adapt to fit into the prevailing dominant culture, however the way in which we, as black people, negotiate our place within a white majority culture and how those negotiations manifest themselves is the subject of this work.