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Wendy Mamattah Braid and Stitch

We love to create African Inspired innovative Quilt and Fiber Art as well as contemporary western pieces in the mix.  That is what braidandstitch is all about!

I'm Wendy Mamattah and the owner and CEO of Braid and Stitch and an award winning quilt and fiber artist living in Portland, Oregon. Originally a Journalist from Ghana in West Africa, I have always loved working with fabrics.  As a child in primary school , as early as age five, I often received prizes for needlework instead of English or Geography which made me realize that there was a part inside of me that loved to create.

My work continues to evolve in both subject and technique. Recurring throughout in strong, clear color, texture, visual impact, and meticulous detail. I love the colors of the world as it is. I love the colors that can be imposed on the real world to see it in a new way. The world is enlivened not only by color but also by its textures. I want to get in close and observe the nearly hidden textures of all of the creations of nature. I want to climb up high and see the equally hidden textures of the world as a bird might see it. I want to examine the faces and postures of the people who share the world with me.

My current works which display on this website depict a lot of Africa. I love the vibrant colors of African fabrics and the way they pop to the eye when one looks at them.  Most of my quilts tell a story, and a lot of my stories represent my African heritage which I carry with me everywhere I go.

My quilts have lots of character and dimension as well as a very unique look which are the differences my choices of fabric make.  Beading and painting accentuate my work.

I recently started a pincushion line which I have on my Etsy page, they are called 'Deceptively Yummy Cup Cake Pincushions', a huge 'must have' for sewers, quilters, and hat wearers.  Soon I will have a wearable art line which will also be in ethnic vein.

Artist statement:  The freedom to express what the mind sees as beautiful, whether constructed in fabric or any other art medium, is an amazing gift.  Here at Braid and Stitch we do just that!

Location:  Portland, Oregon, USA
Social Media:   TwitterLinkedIn   
   American Quilters Society
   Northwest Quilters Guild  (Portland, OR)
   Columbia Fiber Arts Guild  (Portland, OR)
Languages spoken:  English

"Beautiful Nonsense" by Wendy Mamattah of Braid and Stitch

Tags:  African inspired, Pincushions, Cupcake pincushions, braidandstitch, needle art, handmade, handcrafted, art quilts, fiber art, art,


“Drive a nail home and clinch it so faithfully that you can wake up in the night and think of your work with satisfaction,- a work at which you would not be ashamed to invoke the Muse”
-Henry David Thoreau

In our case, it would be the needle or other fiber tool. Drive it home! And, we all thank you for your words, left here to these good folks. Invoke your Muse!


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