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Dear Black Girl Project- Love letters to Black Women

The Dear Black Girl Project is an exhibition and community conversation affirming the experiences of black women. It is an alluring visual collaboration of embroidered quotes, shared narratives, images, African textiles and found objects.
The Dear Black Girl Project is an exhibition and community conversation affirming the experiences of black women. It is an alluring visual collaboration of embroidered quotes, shared narratives, images, African textiles & found objects curated in a space designed to facilitate healthy conversations around being a black woman in the world. It affords viewers with diverse opportunities to witness the journey. This exhibition is intended to share wisdom, serve as a space of healing, and most importantly honor black women and their processes.

The Butterfly Effect

The Butterfly Effect is a mosaic project that represents rebirth, and focuses on the change that we want to see through community engagement glass mosaic workshops. It is an effort to bring people together to create the change that we want to see.
While Baltimore has faced such grave reviews in the media there are many projects that promote growth and restoration in the efforts to create change in many Baltimore City communities. The Butterfly Effect is a mosaic project that represents rebirth, and focuses on the change that we want to see through community engagement glass mosaic workshops in an effort to bring people together. The butterflies promote peace while assisting in Harwood’s growth as we also celebrate the lives of many who have transitioned in the community.

Mosaic Murals & Community Projects

Mosaic signage, mural and community engagement.
Business: Motzi Bread Mosaic Address Plaques - In an effort to stimulate homebuying, beautification and unity throughout the community mosaics, home address signs and community signs were commissioned over the years by community stakeholders and homeowners. Each sign was uniquely designed by homeowners in hopes to create pride of properties and invest more into the community. Motzi Bread is a local business in Harwood that sells fresh made bread. https://youtu.be/rbwh-lfJIKo

Miss Ida - Women in the South

Portrait of Miss Ida - Women in the South. Colored Glass on recycled window. This mosaic portrait was inspired by an artist and leader in East Baltimore while in my residency at Collington Square.
Miss Ida Mosaic Glass Portrait - Mediums: Colored glass on recycled window. Inspired by an artist and leader in East Baltimore while at my residency in Collington Square in East Baltimore City. Size roughly 28x23

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About Tamara

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Native to Baltimore City Tamara Payne is an alumnus of the Baltimore School for the Arts where she began her artist’s practices in drawing, painting and sculpture. After studying Fashion at Parsons School of Design in New York City, she returned to Baltimore to earn her BFA in 1994 majoring in painting with a minor in ceramic studies at the Maryland Institute College of Art. (MICA) Upon graduating, Tamara worked as an art educator in Baltimore City Public Schools from 1999-2008. Having an innate... more

Dear Black Girl Project - Love letters to Black Women and their daughters 2022-

The Dear Black Girl Project is an exhibition and community conversation affirming the experiences of black women. It is an alluring visual collaboration of embroidered quotes, shared narratives, images, African textiles & found objects curated in a space designed to facilitate healthy conversations around being a black woman in the world. It affords viewers with diverse opportunities to witness the journey. This exhibition is intended to share wisdom, serve as a space of healing, and most importantly honor black women and their processes.

Primarily graduating from MICA in undergrad with a degree in painting and minoring in ceramic studies I have since discovered mosaics, curating spaces and other areas of design that have guided my work into the realm of Community Art.

My artistic processes vary and are determined by my instinctual responses to what matters to me in every season.
https://bmorenews.com/news/the-dear-black-girl-project/

https://www.thebaltimorebanner.com/opinion/the-dear-black-girl-project-love-letters-to-black-women-VF64DLRHDVGCPNJJ5DG363HAXU/

https://www.instagram.com/reel/CnTUsspKASw/?igshid=MDJmNzVkMjY=

  • Dear Black Girl: A Love Letter to Black Women

    The Dear Black Girl Project is an exhibition and community conversation affirming the experiences of black women. It is an alluring visual collaboration of embroidered quotes, shared narratives, images, African textiles & found objects curated in a space designed to facilitate healthy conversations around being a black woman in the world. It affords viewers with diverse opportunities to witness the journey. This exhibition is intended to share wisdom, serve as a space of healing, and most importantly honor black women and their processes.
  • A Poem | Dear Black Girl Project

    Views of a Curated Space - Dear Black Girl
  • Embroidered Quote - Embrace Your Curls.......

    Embroidered Quote on Recycled Frame with African Textiles 39x24
    Embroidered Quote on Recycled Frame with African Textiles 39x24
  • Work in Progress - Dear Black Girl

    Installation Day - Dear Black Girl
    Installation Day - Dear Black Girl - The installation took a week to install before the reception day.
  • Dear Black Girl Wall Detail

    Wall details - Each embroidered quote took about 2-5 hours t design depending on the length of the quote. The frames, objects and many of the fabric are recycled
    Wall details - Each embroidered quote took about 2-5 hours depending on the length of the quote. The frames, objects and many of the fabric are recycled and have been donated to the project by many of the women along with the narratives that have been collected by each black women.
  • Exhibition Details - Reception Day

    The women were asked to wear African Fabrics on the day of the reception as a way to become a part of the installation. I often refer to the women as "My Tribe" to create unity with the women that have participated and all that are witnessing.
    The women were asked to wear African Fabrics on the day of the reception as a way to become a part of the installation. I often refer to the women as "My Tribe" to create unity with the women that have participated and all that are witnessing. My intension is for the black women to become a part of the work when they enter. The African fabric and quotes serve as an abstract portrait and or representation of a body of black women. The intension is for the women to feel bold, beautiful and know that they are meant to stand out in this world.
  • Reception Day - Conversations with Black Girl Attending

    This space was designed for Black women, however the magic happened when women brought their daughters to witness the installation and hear conversations from other black women.
    This space was designed for Black women, however the magic happened when women brought their daughters to witness the installation and hear conversations from other black women. This young girl seen here was very open in her desires of having a safe space that she felt she could belong. It was very moving to all of the women and people who attended.
  • Embroidery Dear Black Girl Project

    Embroidery Detail - Work in progress on embroidery hoop
    Embroidery Detail - Each narrative was from a black women. The narratives were initially received from women that I knew but as I spoke about the projects significance many other black women were initiating their participation. It became very evident to me that the women had plenty to share.
  • Dear Black Girl Project Group Photo

    Although there were others at the reception during the opening day it was important to document all of the black women that had shown up in a beautiful way. Here are just some of the women and daughters that were captured on that day.
    Although there were others at the reception during the opening day it was important to document all of the black women that had shown up in a beautiful way. Here are just some of the women and girls that were captured on that day.
  • Installation Dear Black Girl Sketch

    Before the Dear Black Girl project was installed in the final form a sample installation had to be installed in my studio at the time. It became a way for me to problem solve and process how the pieces would come together.
    Before the Dear Black Girl project was installed in the final form in the fall of 2022 a sample installation in the summer of 2022 had to be installed in my studio. It became a way for me to problem solve and process how the pieces would come together. The intension for Dear Black Girl is to continue curating spaces. Each space will be curated differently each time while growing the narratives as I continue the embroidery. There will be other ways that I include narratives as the space grows. This is a work in progress.

Butterfly Effect Mosaic Community Project 2017 - 2021

The Butterfy Effect manifested after witnessing the riots in Baltimore City and the loss of Freddy Grey in 2015. It is meant to be a large visually impactful mural that beautifies the community, stimulates homebuying, enhances curb appeal, and lastly community growth. It is open for as many  people to attend in engagement creative workshops . It's relevance primarily is about people coming together for a  common goal: Be the change that you want to see. Harwood is a very diverse community but in the past it has been divide by color.

The mural also began as a way to promote Harwood  as one of Baltimore’s vibrant communities. This project has been manifesting in several phases of mosaic initiatives for the last 6 years. In phase 1 the butterflies were introduced to community in a series of conversations. There were also samples of what the butterflies would look like. I desired to see if homeowners would like to be a part of the process in making the glassed butterflies. Once there was approval from homeowners Phase 2 began in seeking grant funding. We were awarded a large amount of seed money after a few attempts in applying. The project was promoted and I held at least 10 or more mosaic workshops in community so that homeowners worked on butterflies throughout the process. The community school youth also did desired designs.  Phase 2 targeted 5 locations and the commmunity center where many community people visted. In the first install and within 2 years we were awarded addtional money so that 30+ additional homes in the heart of Harwood had large butterflies as well. Phase 4 will be happening in 2024
The butterflies represent a community that has transformed. They are also honoring many loved ones that have transitioned in Baltimore City.

Mediums: recycled corian, and colored stained glass.

https://www.wbaltv.com/article/baltimore-woman-transforms-neighborhood-w...

https://www.instagram.com/p/CTfFoNxAqsU/?igshid=MDJmNzVkMjY%3D

https://www.instagram.com/p/CTrhDGJgqi_/?igshid=MDJmNzVkMjY=

  • Butterfly Effect - Home Detail

    The Butterfly Effect - Community Engagement,
    The Butterfly Effect - Community Engagement,
  • Butterfly Mural Street View

    This project is intended to stimulate homebuyers through our beautification process, enhance curb appeal, stimulate community growth through engagement art workshops and bring neighbors together in community.
    This project is intended to stimulate homebuyers through our beautification process, enhance curb appeal, stimulate community growth through engagement art workshops and bring neighbors together in community.
  • BCCC Butterfly Community Workshops - Baltimore City Community College

    This project is truly about community engagement through the creative workshop. Here is an example of butterflies also being done at Baltimore City Community College with students, professors and staff.
    This project is truly about community engagement through the creative workshop. Here is an example of butterflies also being done at Baltimore City Community College with students, professors and staff.
  • Butterfly Collage

    This community mural was an opportunity for all of Baltimore to get involved. There were city official, homeowners, neighboring communities and people of all ages who were able to participate.
    This community mural was an opportunity for all of Baltimore to get involved. There were city official, homeowners, neighboring communities and people of all ages who were able to participate.
  • Butterfly Effect Workshops in Community

    Participant working on mosaic butterfly. Butterflies ranges in size from 12x12 to 30x40.
    Participant working on mosaic butterfly. Butterflies ranges in size from 12x12 to 30x40.
  • Harwood Butterfly Install 2017

    Installation day May 2017
    Installation day May 2017
  • Mosaic Installation Day

    Homeowner enjoying her newly installed butterflies.   Ryan P.- Past resident and general contractor for the project.
    Homeowner enjoying her newly installed butterflies. Ryan P. - Past resident and general contractor for the project. For all of the projects I have been the general manager who has written the grants and facilitated all mural workshops. The contractors were commissioned to complete the installations.
  • Installing in community with homeowners

    The contractor and I work together frequently to ensure that all homeowners are happy with their   installation and placement of butterflies. This was the last butterfly installation for the last season. Job well   done! In the last installation for the f
    The contractor and I work together frequently to ensure that all homeowners are happy with their installation and placement of butterflies. This was the last butterfly installation for the last season. Job well done! In the last installation for the fall of 2022 there were 35+homes that received butterflies.
  • Installation with homeowners and contractors

    Installation with homeowners and contractors
  • Community Mosaics Workshop with Youth & Adults

    Community Mosaic Workshops with Youth & Adults
    Workshops during Covid were held outside. Youth from all age groups are able to work in glass while being monitored by an adult. The butterflies range in size from 10x10 to 45x50. To complete an average sized large butterfly from beginning to finish it may take about 5-7 hours. The average amount of workshop for a project would be 8-10 workshops in community before grouting and prepping to hang.

Community Mosaic Signage

Mosaic Address Plaques and Signage have been of great value in the past for the Harwood community. My intension as an artist initially was to enhance the front of  my own home but it soon became a popular attraction which led me sourcing other grant funding so that neighors in the community could have them as well. When realtors viewed the mosaics they quickly commissioned. It was greatly valued by the community and agreed by many that it would stimulate homebuying, and was beautiful curb appeal. I would soon begin to have community members investing in providing spaces for community workshops which provided programming for youth and adults. It was a project that provided a sense of unity throughout the community.

Mosiac Community Signs would soon follow and  were commissioned over the years by community stakeholders. Each community sign was uniquely designed with homeowners input and the children would soon assist with the glass process. This would soon create even more pride of properties and investment from addtional community members.

https://mica.digication.com/tamarapayne/Welcome/published
Please see the Tamara Payne Mica Digications provided to see additional community projects. 

https://www.strongcitybaltimore.org/about-us/building-blocks/

Harwood Community Association – We build and strengthen ...

https://harwoodcommunity.wordpress.com

https://youtu.be/rbwh-lfJIKo

School Community Projects

Over the years as the mosaics have become popular the mosaics have grown from being installed on homes in the nieghborhoods to being crafted onto school buildings and businesses throughout the community. I have continued to work with the students at the neighboring  community schools to ensure that the community involvement is consistent. I have also traveled outside of Baltimore metropolitan area to complete specific mural work in other school communities.

Please refer to the link, Tamara Payne Mica Digications website for more on community engagement projects.
 https://mica.digication.com/tamarapayne/Welcome/published
https://www.strongcitybaltimore.org/about-us/building-blocks/

  • Wilmington Delaware Community School Mural

    Wilmington Delaware Montessori School 20x20 feet
    Wilmington Delaware Montessori School 20x20 feet
  • Barclay Community School Community Mural

    Please see the link provided- Digications Tamara Payne
    Exterior Barclay Community School Community Mural https://mica.digication.com/tamarapayne/Welcome/published
  • Community Street Mural

    Students at the Barclay School assisted in designing Gutter Monsters to bring attention to the community in   keeping gutters cleaned. As a Community artist their are always different initiatives that I facilitate to   address community needs.
    Students at the Barclay School assisted in designing Gutter Monsters to bring attention to the community in keeping gutters cleaned. As a Community artist their are always different initiatives that I facilitate to address community needs.
  • Community Mosaics Workshop for Youth

    Organized paid programming throughout the years has been successful in allowing youth and adults to participate in various mosaic workshops.
    Organized paid programming throughout the years has been successful in allowing youth and adults to participate in various mosaic workshops. There have been organized workshops held at the 29th Street Community Center and on specific community events such as Baltimore City's “National Night Out,” against crime. Popup workshops are just as successful, giving youth creative activities throughout the summer and fall.
  • Barclay Community School Mural Day Reveal

    Barclay Community School Mural Day Reveal
    There were hundreds of people that worked throughout the summer of 2011 to complete the school mural. This was the reveal day with community partners, neighbors, teachers and students.
  • Barclay Community School Mural Detail

    The mural was a combination of colored glass and ceramic tile. While I managed and facilitated over 20+ mosaic workshops in 2 months in the summer of 2011 there was another artist that facilitated the ceramic tile workshops with the youth at the school.
    The mural was a combination of colored glass and ceramic tile. While I managed and facilitated over 20+ mosaic workshops in 2 months in the summer of 2011 there was another artist that facilitated the ceramic tile workshops with the youth at the Barclay School during their summer camp experience.

Other Personal Works

I have been invested in working on a few of my own passion projects while working in commmunity.
Glass mosaics has grown to be one of my favorite mediums.

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