This episode Diane sits down with Ifé Franklin to have a discussion on her work as an artist and an in-depth discussion on the black experience in America.
Diane Ivey is the owner and Creative Director of Lady Dye Yarns, an indie-dye yarn company since 2010. A knitter for 17 years and a dyer, spinner and crocheter for 12, Diane looks forward to not only expanding her company but using her expertise in growth and expansion with other BIPOC businesses to grow on a national scale. She spent 16 years in the non-profit sector. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Mass Communication with a concentration in Print Journalism from Georgia College & State University. She also holds a Masters in Public Administration with a concentration in Non-Profit Management from Suffolk University.
Ifé Franklin has worked as a professional artist and community activist for over 30 years. Born and raised in Washington,D.C., Ifé began her arts education in high school, focusing then on black and white photography.
Ifé entered The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in the late 1980’s where she studied performance art, voice, video production, ceramics, and “The Art of Africa,” where she met her mentor, Master Adire Artist Mr. Stanley Pinckney.
Ifé owns and operates IféArts®. which produces sculpture, installations, drawings, collage, photography, as well as fiber arts. Ifé’s new book The Slave Narrative of Willie Mae was released in spring of 2018 and has since been donated and received by The National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C.
Ifé believes it is her destiny to create and use her voice to convey her passion for the arts and her love for freedom, peace and justice.
Image by Julie Rioux.