Video From LIVE FEEDBACK FRIDAY: Jennifer Steverson

This week’s FEEDBACK FRIDAY was with Jennifer Steverson is a multidisciplinary artist, independent scholar and writer based in Austin, Texas. The agricultural and craft traditions of Black American culture is at the heart of her practice.

Watch the video recording here:

Jennifer’s site is newly up with lots more info to come but shop these beautiful risographs she talked about during her presentation.

How can you find out more about The Great Migration and your town or city’s story? Start with local historical museums!

The Sanborn Maps Jennifer used for research

Interesting projects, books, film and organizations Jennifer said to check out:

The New Georgia Project

The Texas Freedom Colonies Project


Freedom Farmers

We Are Each Other’s Harvest, by Natalie Baszile

ABOUT Jennifer Steverson: Jennifer is a descendant of the Great Migration. The Great Migration, sometimes known as the Great Northward Migration or the Black Migration, “was the movement of 6 million African Americans out of the rural Southern United States to the urban Northeast, Midwest and West that occurred between 1916 and 1970. It was caused primarily by the poor economic conditions as well as the prevalent racial segregation and discrimination in the Southern states where Jim Crow laws were upheld. The historic change brought by the migration was amplified because the migrants, for the most part, moved to the then largest cities in the United States (New York City, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Cleveland, and Washington DC) at a time when those cities had a central cultural, social, political, and economic influence over the United States. There, African Americans established influential communities of their own.”

Join us next week, April 23rd, 9am Pacific, 12pm Eastern for a live Zoom FEEDBACK FRIDAY with artist, natural dyer and writer Katrina Rodabaugh who is just launching her third book Make, Thrift, Mend.

RSVP here.


If you are not familiar with FEEDBACK FRIDAY, every week, we speak with dyers, artists, scientists and scholars about our favorite topic, natural dyeing and color. Curated by Amy DuFault, Botanical Colors’ Sustainability + Communications Director and presented by Botanical Colors’ Founder Kathy Hattori.

We even have our own theme song thanks to musician Jimmie Snider!