Cookie Sews Quilts

Cookie Sews Quilts

About The Artist

Cookie Washington • Goose Creek, SC

Torreah “Cookie” Washington is a fourth generation needle worker, & the first in her family to take up art quilting. Born in Rabat, Morocco, she has made her home for the last 33 years in Charleston, SC. In addition to her ongoing studio art practice, she has curated & produced exhibitions since 2001. Visually, she creates fiber art murals and dolls that depict themes of the Divine Feminine, African diaspora and her own spiritual practice.


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Q&A with the Artist

Tell us how your work is made.

I made my pieces in my home studio. Typically I start by designing a pattern or a sketch and rework it many times until I am ready to pull fabrics and embellishments. I machine quilt, hand quilt and applique.

What makes you passionate about the medium you work with?

Quilting is in my blood. Enslaved Africans used quilting to tell their stories. I wish to keep this tradition alive, and through my work validate our culture by weaving stories of the African or African-American experience into my quilts, just as my foremothers did almost four hundred years ago. Even though I'm working in a medium that is centuries old, I believe art quilters are shifting the historical to accommodate our new application. Art quilting, an emerging art form, is a fairly small part of the art world. I am thrilled to be part of it.

What is something unique about you or your practice?

I find that textile design emits a spirit, a presence, an energy, a vitality unlike that of any other medium. it is also a spiritual for me as I celebrate Black Goddesses.