A New Twist
Under Hiddekel Burks learned hands, it's almost impossible to have a bad hair day.
This talented hair braider from Chicago has been perfecting her craft over decades, emphasizing the cultural heritage of her
age-old art in the hopes that she can help African Americans "accept their beauty."
But Burks' braiding isn't just about reflecting identity – her creations possess a beauty all their own and have been featured in the
Museum of Science and Industry's annual
Black Creativity exhibit.
And there's always room for a bit of fun. In 1990, Burks tried her hand at setting a Guinness world record by making a 2,000
Learn about just a few of the other Illinois artists who have received help from the Illinios Arts Council to pass on their
skills to the next generation: fish-basket trap maker
Earl Edlin, split-wood basket maker
Joseph Peters, fiber artist
Ann Coddington Rast, hammered dulcimer player
Bill Robinson and Wycinanki artist