Tar Beach …. Faith Ringgold
"When I was a little girl growing up in Harlem, I was always encouraged to value who I was and to go after what I want. Ever since I was young, I’ve always had a need to express my ideas through art. Being an artist and a writer of children’s books is a fulfillment of my lifelong ambition.
When my mother died in 1981, I started making quilts as a tribute to her. During that time, I was trying to get my autobiography published, but no one wanted to print my story. In 1983, I began writing stories on my quilts, as an alternative. That way, when my quilts were hung up to look at, or photographed for a book, people could still read my stories. I have “written” 30 story quilts since then. They are written the way I write my children’s stories - each section written on the quilt is a page.”