What is wrong with this article? Do white writers, and museum curators not ever look in the deep rich African American community for a real expert?
Did you see Arianne King Comer's name mentioned in it?
No? Neither did I.
Many of you know Arianne, her indigo batiking is awesome, amazing, beautiful, and her work is done as it has been done in the Motherland for hundreds of years.
Arianne King Comer was drawn to St. Helena Island after studying textile design and indigo dyeing in Nigeria. Arianne’s knowledge of traditional African arts combined with it's American counterpart has made indigo magic. And she is holding space for the Gullah community and Gullah culture.
Nearly a decade ago Arianne King Comer moved to Charleston and set about making the low country a richer, bluer place.
Arianne grows her own Indigo in the earth of the low country where she lives.
Arianne a BFA graduate of Howard University, has been an Artist in Residence in the state of South Carolina since 1995. She is a textile artist creating her work in paintings, wearable art, installation art, environmental art, home deco, as well as social justice.
In 1992, Arianne received the UN/USIS grant to study under the renowned Batik artist Nike Olyani Davis in Oshogbo Nigeria, where her passion for indigo manifested. She was given the Yoruba name of Osun Ronke.
She was owner of Ibile Indigo House on St Helena House '98-04. 2004, Arianne traveled to Istanbul, Turkey as a guest artist sponsored by her daughter, a designer/stylist, Nicole King Burroughs. Arianne created one of a kind jean for Mavi Jeans’s .In 2007, she had the opportunity to join The Charleston Rhizome Collective to conduct a textile workshop in batik and indigo at the World Social Forum in Nairobi, Kenya. 2006-7, Arianne was artist in Residence for North Charleston Cultural Affairs Office.
In 1999, she was featured in the PBS documentary, "Messengers of the Spirit," and in 2003 was featured in an Indigo Art segment on HGTV's "Country Style," which is still in syndication. She is an active member of Alternate ROOTS, Charleston Rhizome and a designer for Seeking Indigo. Her work is in several traveling exhibitions nationally as well as statewide
In 2012, Arianne had two solo exhibitions: “My Spirit Speaks” at the Rosa Parks Museum in Montgomery, Alabama and “Voices from the Water” at Dalton Gallery in Rock Hill, SC.
Also in 2012 Arainne was a featured artist in the highly acclaimed exhibition, "Mermaids and Merwomen in Black Folklore: A Fiber Arts Exhibition." This exhibit was one of the most well attended exhibits ever to be shown at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park.
In 2013, Arianne was featured in the Charleston Magazine’s “Giving Back to the Community” segment in the May issue. In the fall, Charleston’s MOJA Festival honored for her with an award for her service as an artist.
Arianne is an art consultant, indigo and community arts advocate, lecturer, teacher, and textile artist.
She currently is part of a breath taking exhibit at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park.
Arianne has taught special needs students to batik and use indigo, as a way for them to become independent artists, who can create their own living, she has worked tirelessly to be a community advocate, her work is beautiful, spiritual and authentic.
If you want an example of her work that will blow you away, make time to go to Unity Church of Charleston and look at the fifty foot long indigo batiked mural she created for the back wall of the sanctuary.
Arianne is a fabulous indigo advocate and like many artists, true artists, who are pure of heart, she is under recognized.
As an African American artist and reader of the City Paper since it's inception, it deeply saddens and disappoints me that the staff so rarely seems to reach out to find artists in the Black community here.
To take nothing away from Donna Hardy, but when writing about Indigo in the South Carolina Lowcountry, not to feature Arianne King Comer, is like wrting about civil Rights in the early 1960's and not mentioning Martin Luther King.
Doris your work is breath-taking and spirit filled. So excited for you and for the City of Charleston that we have a chance to view your work.
Rock on my sister.
Fellow Neal lover
I LOVE LOVE LOVE Elise T, but in making a video to attract tourists to Charleston, we could not have used a local singer? Hello Darius Rucker?
Elise was born and raise in New Jersey.
and This very slick well produced commercial shows Charleston to be almost lily white.
In the 300 ways you could talk about loving Charleston, loving the Gullah/Geechee culture and the rich heritage of the Black culture here, did not get mentioned at all.
I just find it rather odd, to "white-wash" a town built so much on black heritage and culture.
Another reason that so many women die at the hands of their domestic partners may be that if My Sister's House still has the foolish policy that women who may have used a substance or alcohol are not allowed into the shelter. This keeps many women in need from seeking help there. The stress of being beaten or worst by a partner, is stress making and at times these women may use a substance to anesthetize themselves from the pain and stress.
Also the policy that women with sons over the age of 12 cannot bring their child to the shelter also will keep a woman from seeking help there.
If you have those problems and you know you will be turned away, a woman may feel she has no alternative than to stay and pray for it to get better.
This state should, must have another alternative where the whole woman with all the issues that come with being a battered wife can seek help, be safe and keep her children with her, for they too are victims of the domestic violence as well, even if they have not been hit. Ms Raven said, "...they need to know is it's not their fault and no one deserves abuse." So true, So let them not be re-abused by being turned away from the only help in town.
congrats to these two fine artists and great guys! Everyone with eyes should see this show. This is a gift to Charleston.
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