Shining Some Light

Shining Some Light

Published on Thursday, February 25, 2021. This article appears in the Spring 2021 issue of American Craft Magazine.
Black pennant with white lettering hanging on wall beside plant

Roachele Negron of Rayo & Honey found inspiration in the words of Toni Morrison for this canvas-and-felt pennant. Photo by Roachele Negron.

Shining Some Light. During the past year of uncertainty and loss, artists such as Jeffrey Gibson, Andy Li, and Roachele Negron of Rayo & Honey helped get us through. When times were dark, they went to work making textile pieces that highlight positive messages, inspiring us to keep seeing the good that surrounds us every day. We’re grateful.



Multicolored tapestry with words A Brand New Day
Multicolored tapestry with the words Power Full Because Were Different

Mississippi Choctaw-Cherokee artist Jeffrey Gibson of Hudson, New York, doesn’t see himself as an activist. But his work and the messages this 2019 MacArthur Fellow incorporates into his acrylic and beadwork on canvas pieces are intended to create space for hope and reconciliation. Photos courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York. | @jeffrune


Blue nylon flag with white lettering
Red nylon flag with white lettering
Blue nylon flag with red lettering

Using a nylon marine flag and polyester thread, Boston-based Andy Li strives to capture those seemingly small but genuine moments of mundane positivity. The intimate phrases sewn onto each banner call to mind conversations had with close friends. Photos courtesy of the artist. | @radandyli


White pennant with black lettering

Roachele Negron of Brooklyn, New York, created Rayo & Honey with the goal of making “goods with a positive intent.” Her canvas-and-felt pennants reinforce that mindset, using pop culture and literary quotes like these from Alice Walker (left) and Maya Angelou (right) to reflect universal messages of power and resilience. Photos by Roachele Negron. | @rayoandhoney

White pennant with black lettering


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