by Kerry Leslie

On a recent trip to Kentucky, I played hooky from one of the classes I was attending one afternoon to visit the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft.  I am very happy that I did.  One of the exhibits on display was made up of the work of fiber artist, Judith Scott.

Part of the exhibit I saw was a video entitled “Outsider:  The Life and Art of Judith Scott". If you get a chance to see it, it is truly inspirational.
Judith Scott was born profoundly deaf and with Down’s Syndrome.  Judith spent 35 years institutionalized with little or no creative outlet.  In the 1980’s, Judith’s twin sister, Joyce, regained custody of her and moved her to the San Francisco area.  Here Judith was introduced to fiber art at Creative Growth.
“Judith Scott was a visual artist isolated from outside influences as a result of the impact of deafness and Down’s syndrome. She was independent and self-directed. In the eighteen years Judith made her work she never repeated a form or color scheme. Crafting armatures of bamboo slats and discarded materials, Judith diligently wrapped each work with lengths of knotted cloth or yarn.” Creative Growth.
To see Judith at work, visit her at


  1. Inspiring! Thank you for sharing Judith's story.

  2. What a wonderful story Kerry. I love this work ,especially the chair. I am now going to watch the you tube video.

  3. Thanks for sharing this inspiring story with us


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