EventsBlack History Month: Gee's Bend Mixed Media Paper Collages for Adults and Teens

Black History Month: Gee's Bend Mixed Media Paper Collages for Adults and Teens

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM


The women of Gee’s Bend, in a small and remote Black community in Alabama, created hundreds of quilt masterpieces. The quilts date back to the early twentieth century. These resourceful quilters started by painstakingly taking apart old clothes by hand so they could repurpose the entire piece of fabric to create a quilt. They used every piece of the fabric to craft their quilts. They were early adopters of upcycling and minimizing waste. During this interactive workshop, participants will create Gee's Bend style collages with paper and other media.
Participants will focus on:

  • celebrating the history and culture of Black Americans
  • art history
  • minimizing waste
  • connecting upcycling with creativity
  • SUPPLIES Needed
    • Paper - any size and at least 3 colors
    • Glue/Tape
    • Scissors
    • Pen/Pencil


    • Crayons/Markers/Color Pencils
    • Old magazines
    • Paper cutter
    • Pictures
    • Quotes
    • Needle/Thread/Yarn
    • Decorative tape/glue
    • Scrapbook paper
    • Mod Podge

This workshop is presented by Kanesha Baynard, who is an inner wellness expert, creativity coach, and author who has been featured on the Dr. Oz Show. She is the founder of the Bold Living Today community focused on helping members disrupt unfulfilling patterns through creativity and navigate transition with confidence and boldness. Kanesha has created several card decks designed to help busy professionals, caregivers, and teens reconnect with activities and behaviors that foster imagination, joy, creativity, and space to refuel.

Participants must register and you will receive a Zoom link on the day of the event. 

Suitable for:
Arts & Culture.

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