Gift of Life

by Dye Mad Yarns


Lifelong Artist and Columbus resident, Aminah Robinson was a huge part of Columbus culture and is well known to this day. From a young age, she was excited to bring Black culture and history to those around her via art. Her parents were both artists and celebrated their community, encouraging her to experience art, music and literature daily. Her mother also taught her to sew and weave. She combined all of these things into her art and used them to share her family throughout her entire life. Aminah frequently gifted her artworks to friends and family and that generosity continues in the form of grants in her name for Frankin County based Black artists.

Gift of Life in particular has found a home at the Lincoln Theatre. It was a gift to Robinson's friend, Jean Rayford, a nurse who took care of her son Sydney. It's painted on fabric, as were a lot of pieces from that time in her career. It was more easily accessible because it was cheaper. 

A Note From Ashley - Aminah Robinson is nothing short of incredible and I'm so very glad that I learned more about her with this project. Her style and color schemes bring so much experience to her artwork and celebrate her life and story so much. They're also easily recognizable and warm. 

Hattie Floof: 50g, 459 yards, 72% mohair/28% silk (lace weight)
Chester Sock: 100g, 437 yards, blend of 75% superwash merino/25% nylon
Gladys Shawl: 100g, 438 yards, single ply blend of 70% superwash merino/30% silk
Adelaide MCN: 100g, 437 yards, 80% super wash fine merino/10% cashmere/10% nylon
Tortie Sport: 100g, 287 yards, 80% alpaca/20% silk
Minnie DK: 100g, 246 yards, 100% superwash merino wool 
Genny Worsted: 100g, 191 yards, 80% superwash merino/20% alpaca
Chubby Trevor: 115g, 136 yards, 100% superwash merino
Chunky Trevor: 100g, 76 yards, 80% superwash merino/20% nylon, single ply
Piper Fiber: 85% Polwarth Wool/15% Tussah Silk, approximately 4oz braid of fiber for spinning, felting, etc