Our Create(her), Crystal C. Mercer, is a textile maven, stitching by hand thousands of hours a year and dedicating her craft to being a keeper of the culture through the cloth. She first learned how to thread a needle from her late father, legendary Civil Rights lawyer, Attorney Christopher C. Mercer, Jr. when she was 7 years old. Mercer worked in the costume shop during her undergraduate education and that work led to her studying fabric more closely in her graduate work, fusing fiber arts and activism. Her last name, Mercer, means “a merchant in textiles”. In every thread of her being, she is weaving a tapestry of her ancestors, draped in Afro-futurism.