Oxford, Mississippi beader-seamstress, Timber Heard took to creating as a way to escape from the harsh reality she was living. “Being creative is something that helps me as a person, function. That’s who I am.” Combatting bipolar disorder alongside trying to piece together the complexities of her biracial identity has been a lifelong struggle, but she is now speaking her truth and reclaiming her power.
In order to know where you are going, you must know where you came from. However, for African Americans this statement isn’t as easy to digest as it sounds.