Sunya Folayan - Visionista, Creative MSW, Ph.D candidate and textile artist
“I find a certain comfort in cloth. I create abstract images utilizing natural fiber and mixed media reflecting my personal meditations about healing, change and our internal wisdom. My work honors the vibrancy of my indigenous cultural family traditions, women’s hand work, and their legacy of resilience and strength.”
A native of Topeka, Kansas, Sunya Folayan is an artist of American aboriginal/ indigenous ancestry. Besides her artistic training and pursuits, which include textile surface design and weaving, West African dance, and West African percussion, she holds degrees in social work and has nearly 30 years’ experience as a licensed clinical therapist diagnosing and treating mental illness. She says, “I come from a long line of female healers, and I consider myself a contemporary medicine woman. I‘m interested in the intersections of art, health, education, and research, and I am most satisfied when these issues find their way into my work… My images often provide consolation for my personal journey through transition and change.”
Sunya's full bio and Artist Statement can be seen here. She teaches classes for all ages in tie-dye, indigo dyeing and other Surface Design techniques. She leads poetry healing workshops; and takes commissions. Look for her textile classes on our Classes page or contact her for lessons.