Joyce Watkins King

Raleigh, NC
919 649 1447

Joyce Watkins King is an artist living and working in Raleigh.

She shares,

A child of the South and ancestor of Eli Whitney, I grew up with a Mom who sewed my clothes as did her mother before her. Learning to sew while I was in middle school was my introduction to soft sculpture. As a lifelong artist and designer with degrees from the NC State Colleges of Design and Textiles and an MFA in Visual Art from UNC-Greensboro, I have worked in many media, but the call of textiles always prevails. Perhaps it is because textiles are such a universal creative language that cuts across cultures, providing beauty, function, and symbols of special occasions: births, proms, ordinations, weddings. Cheap fast fashion is robbing us of these delights and threatens an even bigger toll on our future.

With my most recent body of work, “Fast Fashion Fiasco: The High Cost of Cheap” I am exploring the consequences of the current fast fashion trend in clothing. Works range from mixed media to interactive sculpture to installation. They explore affects on farmers, garment workers, the environment, consumers, and my own sense of family history and loss with the decline in home sewing.