Sarah Nsikak

The textile artist on patchwork, politics, and the unpredictability of edibles.


This Conversation is featured in Gossamer Volume Six: the Garbage issue, which you can order here.

I feel like my whole life has been on a trajectory toward La Réunion. I didn’t know it at the time, of course, but everything becomes clear in retrospect. 

Textile art and quilting and making clothes have always been side things for me. My grandmother immigrated to Oklahoma from Nigeria when I was eight or nine—she was the one who taught me to sew. She spoke broken English, so it wasn’t always easy for us to communicate. I had all these white friends who were really close with their grandmas. I didn’t really have that experience because she was from a totally different place, and that wasn’t normal.