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Theda Sandiford to Showcase ‘Blackity Black Blanket’ at International Fiber Art Festival

Theda Sandiford’s “Blackity Black Blanket” (Photo credit: April Tracey)

Celebrated artist Theda Sandiford has been selected to represent the U.S. Virgin Islands at the prestigious International Fiber Art Festival, World of Threads. The event, which is a global celebration of fiber arts and textiles, will feature Sandiford’s thought-provoking installation, “Blackity Black Blanket.” The festival will take place from Oct. 10 to Dec. 17, in Ontario, Canada.

Sandiford, known for her innovative approach to textile art, has garnered critical acclaim for her powerful and thought-provoking works. “Blackity Black Blanket” is no exception as it serves as a compelling commentary on the complexities of race, identity and belonging in contemporary society. This installation brilliantly weaves together strands of upcycled marine waste, culture and personal narratives to create a visual and emotional tapestry that invites viewers to reflect on the experiences of Black individuals and communities.

The festival attracts artists and art enthusiasts from around the world, making it a prominent platform for showcasing diverse forms of fiber-based art. Sandiford’s inclusion in this event reflects not only her exceptional talent but also the significance of her work in addressing important social issues.

Sandiford expresses her enthusiasm for the upcoming festival, stating, “I am honored to represent St Croix, USVI, at the World of Threads Festival. ‘Blackity Black Blanket’ is a deeply personal project that explores the rich and complex layers of Black diaspora identity. I hope it sparks meaningful conversations and resonates with people from all walks of life.”

“Blackity Black Blanket” promises to be a highlight of the festival, offering visitors a chance to engage with the artwork and its underlying theme of implicit bias through a multisensory experience. The installation features a captivating combination of textile, sculpture and sensory elements that encourage viewers to reflect on the nuanced stories and histories that make up the Black experience.

To learn more about Sandiford and her artistry, visit her website at www.thedasandiford.com

For additional information about the International Fiber Art Festival, World of Threads, including exhibition details, festival schedule and ticket information, visit www.worldofthreadsfestival.com

Dates: Tues. Oct. 10 through Sun. Dec. 17

Hours: Mon. to Sat. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sun. Noon – 5 p.m.

Admission is free!

Opening Reception: Sat. Oct. 14, 1 to 3 p.m.

Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre

2302 Bridge Road, Oakville, Ontario, Canada

Featuring 426 artworks by 115 artists from: Canada, England, Finland, France, Hungary, India, Israel, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, South Korea, Spain, Uruguay, USA, US Virgin Islands and Wales.

Sky Garden Gallery| info@skygardengallery.com | 917-627-9342

About Theda Sandiford: Theda Sandiford is an award-winning artist known for her innovative textile-based artworks that explore themes of identity, culture and social justice issues. Her thought-provoking installations and pieces have been exhibited in galleries, museums and festivals around the world. Her work has received critical acclaim for its ability to spark conversations and engage audiences in meaningful dialogues.

About the International Fiber Art Festival, World of Threads: The International Fiber Art Festival, World of Threads, is a renowned biennial event celebrating fiber arts and textiles. The festival showcases the work of artists from across the globe, offering a platform for creative exploration and cultural exchange. Through exhibitions, workshops and community engagement, World of Threads promotes the appreciation of fiber art in all its forms.

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