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Beat of Blossoms

In the Making: The Beat of Blossoms

Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 4:00 pm EST
Free event, space is limited

The Beat of Blossoms is the creative work of Jamila Zahra Felton. Join Jamila and Bookbinding alumna Erin Fletcher BB '12 for an enlightening conversation about book arts, zines as communication tools, and sewing their personal stories into their work.

Through book arts, collage, printmaking, and writing, Jamila explores memory, identity, love, self-care, power, and Black futures. Pulling from familial history, she incorporates sewing and other techniques into her work including "the ultimate egalitarian art form" of collaging. A former Boston and Washington D.C. public school teacher, Jamila works as a school librarian and has over nineteen years of experience educating youth and adults.

Jamila's artist books and zines are in the collection of the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA). Her artist book The Deep End: Or, Some of Us Learned How to Swim was on view in the NMWA Library's DMV Color Exhibition in 2019-2020. Jamila is a member of Pyramid Atlantic, and was Pyramid's first-ever Gregory Vita Paper Arts Resident in summer 2018.

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This conversation is part of In the Making, a new public programs series where we connect with a range of new voices, fields, and perspectives. Learn more about In the Making, and view a full list of participants, at the series homepage here.