Hi Word Press friends,
I would like to introduce you to another one of my oldest friends Carol Lloyd. Carol and I have been friends since the third grade when I was transferred to a new school. The school was small and we all were very close with each other. Daphne gave me a two cents pretzel during recess and Carol was the first one to talk to me. Her smile has never changed over the years always warm.
Carol’s father had an art gallery that I use to pass everyday on my way to and from school. I felt so much pride that my friend’s father had black art gallery in the 70’s.Believe me that was big.
Today Carol has her own art that she is promoting and I would love to share you. I’m sure her father would be so very proud of her creations.
Thanks for agreeing to be interviewed.
Kim – Do you remember we watched our first eclipse from your apartment on (was it 160th Street)?
Carol – Yes I remember, we used pieces a roll of film to protect our eyes. We sat in the window of our second floor apartment in 40 PJ’s (projects).
Kim – Where did you come up with the idea for Brown Girls?
Carol – l originally wanted to make a piece to display in my basement. I had plastic tubs full of construction paper; I wanted something I hadn’t seen before. I started drawing the human form, legs, arms, hips. It took 2 days before I was satisfied. I cut out cloths and I also had embellishments so I could add flare to the pieces. I completed two and my husband really liked what I had done. He said “you could sell these”. I made several more. Sold them and that’s how I created Brown Girls.
Kim – What kind of Brown Girls inspire you?
Carol – I’m inspired by black woman like you and me, women who are in charge of their own destiny, big and beautiful, from the color of an espresso coffee bean to the light caramel colored sister. She can have long hair, short hair, no hair. Women that represent “US” walking down the street with her head held high! The way a Black woman speaks her swag I could go on and on.
Kim – I remember your father’s are was very afro-centric. Did you channel your father for inspiration?
Carol – My father even though he’s no longer here, inspires me with everything I do. He’s been embed in my head since I was a little girl how beautiful I was especially my skin tone and pumped me to always be confident to only settle for the best. Never allow anyone to treat you or tell you you’re worthless. We come from a strong people and we’re survivors. Art is an extension of life.
Kim – Why don’t you draw faces on your BrownGirls?
Carol – I feel that drawing faces would take away from the beauty of us. I don’t want to put too much emphasis on facial features or hair. I want to celebrate our beautiful skin tones. Our bodies, our booties, hips ,thighs the things that are naturally in our DNA.
Kim – You had a show recently. How was Brown Girls received? Do you plan to have another show any time soon?
Carol – I was in my first pop up shop, Shopping Explosion on April 16th. It went well. The first piece I sold I cried. I have a Face book page called BrownGirls, and my page Carol Lloyd I will get back to you. I’m new at this but I’m working on a website. I will be a vendor at Mrs. Jax Events in Massapequa on Aug.6th
I’ll keep everyone posted.
Kim – Please do I’m so sorry I missed the April 16th event. Until your next event can we purchase your Brown Girls on-line? Will you share that information with us?
Carol – Until I have my website up and running please visit my Face Book page BrownGirls.
Thank you very much for sharing your beautiful creations with us. Here are a few of Carol’s creations. Please visit her FB pages to see many more beautiful BrownGirls. Don’t forget mother’s day is coming up.