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By Donna Summerall
The Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. sponsored Diane Williams and Jerry Jenkins to display their artwork at the Bryan Public Library during Black History Month. Williams is an author and artist working in mixed media fabric art. Jenkins is a member of the Hasan Drums Group, a member of the Mississippi Arts Commission and a teacher of the performing arts.
â€śWhat people see in my art is community,â€ť said Williams. â€śPeople often give me a skirt with a stain or a tear to use. Sometimes they offer me an earring that the mate has been lost. I use all types of ordinary things in my art. When I have my exhibit in Jackson, people crowd around to come and see. They arenâ€™t looking for me, not at all. They are there to see what I did with their old dress or earring.â€ť
Williams was born in a prison hospital, then raised by foster parents. She said her foster father bought her a sewing machine and started her on the path of working with fabrics. She continued to sew into adulthood and owned her own sewing business.
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