Artist Statement

Betty Leacraft is a textile and mixed media fiber artist, visual artist, and former educator residing in Philadelphia.

She blends multiple techniques/processes creating works blurring lines between art quilts, wearable art, sculpture, and installation. Her work is informed by artistic/cultural traditions of Africa and the African Diaspora addressing themes of identity, heritage, symbolism, environment, and ritual. Betty has received grants, awards, honors, exhibited nationally and internationally; her art quilts published in books by Dr. Carolyn L. Mazloomi, scholar/historian, Founder of the Women of Color Quilters Network. As an educator, Betty created opportunities for underserved, under resourced communities and individuals though interactive, hands-on textile arts projects.

She can be reached at: bettyleacraft [at]