Kerrie Brown, a Hilton Head native and Gullah descendant, continues a family tradition and celebrates her heritage through making dolls with textiles. With snowflake eyes and triangle noses, these charming, oversized dolls are both a commentary on current times and treasured keepsakes of the past.
Brown can trace her roots on Hilton Head Island since before the Civil War. For generations, the tradition of sewing has passed down through her family; she was taught the art of hand sewing by her great-grandaunt, and the use of a sewing machine by her mother when she was 12. “I always think about that time when I am making the dolls,” Brown said.
Brown continues the tradition by hand making dolls in the Gullah style – with dyed muslin, patterned cotton, yarn and thread.
“Gullah Doll House, a Collective Exhibit by Kerrie Brown & Friends” will be on display April 4-June 3 at the Art League Academy, 106 Cordillo Parkway on Hilton Head Island. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.
An artist’s reception, free and open to the public, will be held at the academy from 5 to 7 p.m. April 6.
Art League Academy offers art classes, demos and workshops taught by professional art educators in all media and for all skill levels, including true beginners.
Art League Academy is the teaching studio for Art League of Hilton Head, a 501(c)(3) organization.
For more information, call 843-842-5738