Her quilts have been exhibited all over — from the Smithsonian Institute to Epcot Center to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.
HOLD ONTO YOUR WIGS. Things are about to get real eye-gasmic.
Like this:Photo: @bisabutler via Instagram
Bisa’s quilts have paid tribute to such icons as Paul Laurence Dunbar, Jackie Robinson, Josephine Baker, Louis Armstrong, Marvin Gaye, Nelson Mandela, President Barack and Michelle Obama and more, such as:
Lauryn HillPhoto: @bisabutler via Instagram
A gorgeous recreation of Miss Hill’s classic portrait.
Nina SimonePhoto: @bisabutler via Instagram
Perhaps inspired by this studio portrait of the singer.Photo: splendidhabitat.com
We couldn’t get enough of Lupita’s first Essence spread either.Photo: @bisabutler via Instagram Photo: @bisabutler via Instagram
Jill ScottPhoto: Bisa Butler Fine Art via Facebook
Jilly’s epic Golden cover.
Malcolm XPhoto: @bisabutler via Instagram
Malcolm X in Life magazine.
Jean-Michel BasquiatPhoto: morrisarts.org
Inspired by this iconic portrait.Photo: @bisabutler via Instagram
And then there’s this one.
Diana RossPhoto: @bisabutler via Instagram
The Supreme seen green.
Michael K Williams?Photo: @bisabutler via Instagram
Ok, not really, but if I were him, I’d write a dope script about this sharecropper, cast myself, shoot it, then feature this amazing piece in the final frame.
Not BeyoncéPhoto: @bisabutler via Instagram
Or is it?
Not Beyoncé, not Naomi CampbellPhoto: bisabutler.blogspot.com
You might not be able to trust this one with her video phone.
Not RihannaPhoto: @bisabutler via Instagram
But also, maybe?
Not SolangePhoto: seesomeworld.com
But you see it, right?
Not Viola DavisPhoto: artsy.net
When you’re waiting on Sam to explain the picture on the dead girl’s phone…
Not Young JeezyPhoto: bisabutler.blogspot.com
If Jeezy ever journeys to the conscious side of rap, his album cover’s ready for him.
Not OprahPhoto: @bisabutler via Instagram
Butler’s tribute to her matrilineal New Orleans bloodline is serving just a taste of Miss Sofia.
Not Jennifer HudsonPhoto: bisabutler.blogspot.com
The quilt is accurately titled “She Sangs,” so it might just be her.
Not Fantasia BarrinoPhoto: @bisabutler via Instagram
Concert goals: watching Fantasia tear up "Sleeping with the One I Love," kick her shoes off, then unveil a bounteous ‘fro.
Not Indira from EDF 3Photo: @bisabutler via Instagram
Not My Cousin MelaniePhoto: @bisabutler via Instagram
This quilt is a tribute to Bisa’s lovely grandmother, Violette, and somehow looks exactly like my cousin.
Butler’s work is also good for a man-crush or two…
#QuiltBaePhoto: @bisabutler via Instagram
Oh, #QuiltBae, take me away from all of this. Let’s run away together and keep each other warm forever.
#SewnBooPhoto: @bisabutler via Instagram
Why the face, #SewnBoo? #QuiltBae is just my Friday to Sunday, you know you my main!
And so much black beauty…
“Flowers for Faith”Photo: @bisabutler via Instagram
Butler’s tribute to Faith Ringgold, acclaimed quilter, painter and writer/illustrator of the classic children’s book Tar Beach, among others.
“Your Blues Ain’t Like Mine”Photo: @bisabutler via Instagram
The details, though: His beard contains the Declaration of Independence.
“The Boss”Photo: @bisabutler via Instagram
Butler’s empowering re-imagining of Aunt Jemima could not be more perfect.
“Quiltmaker's Garden”Photo: bisabutler.blogspot.com
The patterns in her face…so much yes.
“Pop Pop and Grandmommy”Photo: @bisabutler via Instagram
The clothes, the companionship, the everything.
“ooh’ n awe, Stella by Starlight”Photo: art-in-the-atrium.blogspot.com
Blindingly gorgeous. Reminder: this is not Kelly Rowland. This is a QUILT.
“Angels Will Sing for You”Photo: @bisabutler via Instagram
THIS. IS. A. QUILT.
“Black Girl Magic”Photo: @bisabutler via Instagram
Also? A QUILT.
“The Princess”Photo: artsy.net
“Say Her Name (Sandra Bland)”Photo: artsy.net