Dindga McCannon

Dindga McCannon [1947- fiber artist, printmaker, writer, illustrator, painter, wearable art maker, costume designer, muralist.

Dindga McCannon was born in Harlem and studied at the Art Students League, where she found mentors in Harlem Renaissance artists such as Jacob Lawrence.  McCannon uses an intuitive, multi-layered process that involves experimenting with a wide range of techniques and materials.

I have always been a fiber artist, but  have also been a writer/illustrator, painter, wearable art maker,  costume designer, muralist, print-maker, and a mother. My work is the  fusion of traditional needlework (skills given to me by my mother and  grandmother), with the fine arts: drawing, painting, printing, and  printmaking, along with a lot of mixed media.

McCannon's coming of age occurred during varied movements from the Civil Rights Movements, Black Arts Movement and Feminist Art.

McCannon played a vital role in the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and ’70s, as one of only two female members of the influential Weusi Artist Collective and a co-founder of the trailblazing group Where We At Black Women Artists, Inc. But she was never at the center of the male-dominated scene, partly because she was a woman and dared to make art about it.-NYT

“As artists, you never stop growing, you never stop learning, you never stop experimenting, you never stop doing...I will probably never have a set style. It’ll be sort of like me, but I can take it anywhere I choose.”

Dindga McCannon, Afrodesia & Mira Gandy, 1971

                                                                                                                Afrodesia & Mira Gandy, 1971

                                                                                                                    woodcut & screenprint

                                                                                                                           image: 12 x 11 1/2"
                                                                                                                           sheet: 16 x 13 1/2"

                                                                                                                               edition: 20

                                                                                                                    signed, titled & dated recto