As long as she can remember Adia Jamille has been creating. It’s the one thing that has always come naturally to her. Throughout her life time she has explored various art forms, drawing, painting, foundry, etc. But the one that speaks most to her soul is fiber arts.
Growing up her mother was an avid quilter, and she also sewed a lot of Adia’s clothing. While the processes were always interesting to her, it wasn’t until college that Adia found her calling in the fiber arts. Particularly with embroidery, weaving, and screen printing. Later she learned that her enslaved ancestors worked on indigo plantations. Which led her to inquire more about their textile knowledge and eventually learning that her African ancestors, specifically from Nigeria and Mali, were also indigo and textile artisans. Bringing her relationship to the fiber arts full circle. Helping her to reconnect with and mend the parts of her roots that had been lost for so long.
Combining various techniques (natural dyes, embroidery, quilting, etc.) and ancestral history, Adia Jamille explores her identity as a black woman in America. Connecting to herself, her community, and her heritage in the process.
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About the Process
Adia uses a 55 gallon vat of organic indigo.
For mud dye:
She uses various plants, primarily the cotton plants she grows here in Tucson, to create dyes and mud that she's received from around the country.
For Natural dyes:
Adia prefers to grow and use her own plants to create the dyes (and medicines) that she uses in her work.
For screen printing:
She has a 4 ft by 16 ft table that she built.
When it comes time to create, Adia takes inspiration from all around. Usually her garden or her heritage. She researches indigenous (African) practices, styles, etc., sketches her ideas by hand, and creates each piece by hand.
How to Purchase
All purchases can be made through my website: www.adiajamille.com
I do commission work as well as have things ready to purchase. I can do textile work and murals.