Aisha Lumumba was born in McDonough, Georgia. Now a well known artist in Atlanta, Aisha loves many art mediums. She was interested in art at a very early age. She learned quilting by watching the elders in her childhood make quilts. Her first love was sewing and creating art projects with fabric which eventually led her to quilting. She started her first quilt at 18 and she has 25 plus years of quilting experience.
Ms. Lumumba was a high achiever as she matriculated through the Henry County school system. She moved to Atlanta and in her words "became a mediocre student" majoring in Art at Georgia State University. Ms. Lumumba felt unfulfilled by that direction and started a family with Chinyelu Lumumba while still attending Georgia State University. Her husband introduced her to books by and about black people that she never knew existed. With zeal and excitement she read every book she could get her hands on about black history. During this period of awakening she changed her name to Aisha. This awareness of the “black struggle” and black people’s contribution to life (in Africa, America and throughout the world) added meaning to her life and expression to her artistic desires.
Life and family swept Aisha up and she put her art on hold for a few years. She and Chinyelu raised four children and built several businesses. Many customers affectionately called her Sister Aisha. Sister Aisha spent twenty years as Queen Mother of a traditional African society, where she counseled and taught life skills. She is also nationally known for her soulful vegetarian cooking and cookbooks, but in the year 2000 she picked up her quilting again with a vengeance. She gave up all other duties, closed their business to quilt full-time.
Ms. Lumumba has been very prolific as a quilter and fiber artist. She is a member of the Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Guild, the Ebony Stitchers Quilt Guild, Black Art in America and African Americans for the Arts. Her quilts are now a part of the collections of Ambassador Andrew Young, Mrs. Valerie Jackson, Dr. Stephanie Jolly, Ms. Brenda Banks, Ms. Woodie Persons, The Atrium on Sweet Auburn and President & Mrs. Barack Obama.
We offer an elegant touch of ancient traditional symbols mixed with modern quilt motifs. An array of bright colors distinguishes our quilts from many other covers. We celebrate color and incorporate it in our work.
Our quilts reflect the greatness of both our African and American experiences. Our quilts speak of our love for the golden sunrise of Africa, the brilliant orange of Caribbean Islands, the luscious hot pinks of Mexico and the reds of Peru.
Through our quilts we cherished the hiss of the soft blue-green ocean, the breeze on the grassy Nubian savannahs, the clear blue sky across the Kilimanjaro Mountains, the taste of the salty brown sands of the Sahara, the stately indigo of Southern India and the richness of Ancient Kush's deep purples.
The ancestors whisper in our ears and inspire us to create quilts that celebrate color and spirit.
Metamorphosis 2012 Quilt Art Calendar
Aisha Lumumba's Tribute to Oprah
2011 Quilt Calendar "Laughter, Lessons, and Triumph"
by Aisha Lumumba
Aisha Lumumba: Resplendent Quilt Show
The Journey of an African American Quilt Artist
This quilt is called "Vendya". It is my tribute to my first cousin. Her name was Vendya Lewis Little. Vendya was full of life and fun. She enjoyed her life as much as her friends enjoyed her food. We miss her. It is number one in a series of quilts.
New Books by Aisha Lumumba!
These paperback books by Aisha Lumumba are both available in the shop. If Quilts Could Talk is also available to purchase as an E-book for only $3.50! Click here to find out more about the books.
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