Only In New York
November 14, 2003
So, there I was. Thursday night, trudging up Park Avenue in a freezing wind. Ahead of me, also trudging, a woman wearing a phantasmagoric, multicolor, full-length crocheted coat.
Well, of course I spoke to her–we’ve got a blog to put out, Missy!
I said, ‘That’s a gorgeous coat….did you make it?’
With the quiet pride of an artisan, she said, ‘Yes.’
I asked, ‘Did you DESIGN it?” (I thought there was a good chance that she had because the coat was so original. We’re talking, eat your heart out, Kaffe and Alice.)
Again, a modest ‘Yes.’
Me: “Can I take your picture?” Mind you, it was FREEZING. It was DARK. She looked like she had SOMEPLACE TO GO.
So I took this very blurry photo of a forbearing craftswoman:
And then came the only-in-New-York part. She handed me a postcard giving the details of the exhibition of her work in a gallery uptown.
You gotta give me credit–I know a work of art when I see it!
It turns out, this gracious paragon of patience was none other than Xenobia Bailey, an actual artist, whom I had read about in magazines. (Go ahead, Google her! ) The Xenobia Bailey who imagined, and then actually made, the amazing Sistah Paradise’s Great Wall of Fire Revival Tent. That Xenobia Bailey.
Needless to say, this reporter will be making a beeline to Aaron Davis Hall. Watch this space.