|Joie de Vivre
Haitian-born Dr. Michele David creates fiber arts through which she explores her cultural interests as well as her personal love of pattern and color. Like many from the incredibly vibrant island nation of Haiti, Dr. Michele David possesses a rich creativity that is shared through her art even though her work as a doctor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Medical, Cambridge Center makes tremendous demands on her time. Dr. David finds that making quilts connects the many facets of her life as a scientist and artist. Long considered women ‘s work, there is a feminine aesthetic to textile art. She finds that her art balances the demands of medicine. She is inspired by African and Haitian influences. So her pieces have a lot of color and symbolism related to her upbringing in Haiti.
She has exhibited her works in galleries, museums, and cultural centers throughout the United States and The Hague, Netherlands, including solo shows at the Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists in Boston, MA and the Fort Smith Art Center in Arkansas and group shows at the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, MA and the Museum of Biblical Arts in NYC. In addition, Michele's works are in numerous private collections. She has won numerous local, regional and national awards for her unique works. In her work, Michele often uses contemporary ideas combined with strong traditional techniques.
Michele's works have been featured in magazines such as UU World and in books such as Threads of Faith: Recent Works from the Women of Color Quilters Network by Carolyn Mazloomi, I Remember Mama, and Creative Quilting, The Journal Quilt Project by Karey Patterson Bresenhan.
She has appeared many times on HGTV's Simply Quilts, hosted by Alex Anderson and on Nancy Corner, Sewing with Nancy hosted by Nancy Zieman on PBS produced by the Wisconsin Public Television which can be seen at: http://wpt.org/SewingWithNancy/Video/nancys-corner-michele-david-prescription-quilting
She is currently a Board Member of the Museum of Afro-American Artists. She was a Juror for 3 years for the Marion Barr Stanfield Art Scholarships of the Unitarian Universalist Foundation.