When she was just three years old, Brenda Lynn Robinson knew she wanted to be an artist. Even though her parents didn’t call themselves “artists,” they were. Her father taught her how to make paper pulp from scraps, stomp out the water, dry the sheets in the sun, and sew the pages together to make books. Her mother taught her to do needlework and make colorful tablecloths by sewing hundreds of buttons on pieces of cloth. When—later in life—she received the name “Aminah” from a holy man in Egypt, she added that to her given name, becoming Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson. Fittingly, much of Aminah’s artwork was about adding and attaching, creating unique new things by combination.
Aminah’s World: An Activity Book and Children’s Guide is designed to introduce children to the life and prolific artwork of Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson (1940–2015). Numerous examples of Aminah’s artwork are featured along with ideas for crafts, letters, and other activities. Foldouts expand to reveal stunning and vibrant murals, and a one-page glossary is also included in this inspirational, full-color book.
Carole Miller Genshaft is Curator-at-Large at the Columbus Museum of Art, where she has organized many exhibitions about the life and work of Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson. More info →
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