I was born in Kingston, Jamaica and migrated to the United States as a teenager. I am a graduate of Clark University and Howard University School of Law. I currently practice law with the government of the District of Columbia.
I was introduced to sewing at an early age by my grand-mother and was greatly influenced by my father, a bespoke tailor. I started quilting in the early nineties, finding inspiration in African textiles and the individual, cultural and spiritual messages they encode. Through the quilt form, I tell stories and explore cultural values and collective memory.
Donnette A. Cooper