As the granddaughter of seamstresses, Kibibi began sewing dolls at the age of seven and has not stopped since. Throughout her artistic practice she has used this skill to create through the mediums of fashion, dyeing, doll making, quilt making and so much more.
During the extent of her career, Kibibi Ajanku’s work as a fiber artist has been the tapestry and foundation for all that she does. While many people know her as a performing artist, Kibibi’s work with fabric, dyes, beads, and thread merges past energies with visions of the future.
She is an artist who brings cultural heritage as well as a strong conceptual and historical understanding of fiber media to a fine arts context.
Kibibi’s special interest is the relationship between textile and garment construction through West African indigenous costuming and African American quilt making.
Kibibi Ajanku is a 2021 Ruby Awardee and is currently creating a body of works exploring creative inheritance, patchworked plantation stitchery, and indigo dye traditions that define the intersection of fiber arts between America and West Africa.
To view Kibibi's past work with Indigo click here: