She/Her Sequoia Barnes’ work is predominately centered around making processes, rituals, and modes of fashioning. Trained in semiotics, she deploys research through praxis often in her scholarly and artistic explorations of black diasporic symbolisms, storytelling as performance, and positioning the creative process as a performance/ritual. Her scholarly work currently explores the design techniques and aesthetic semiotics of late fashion designer, Patrick Kelly. Her most recent artistic works include her artist responses to Senga Nengudi (Fruitmarket Gallery) and Nick Cave (Tramway) with performative works entitled Sew Me A Quilt. Tell You A Story. (2019) and The Burden I Bear Is Heavy (2019), respectively.


University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh College of Art

Edinburgh, UK

PHD in Design, ‘Patrick Kelly: Fashioning Racial Kitsch, Camp, and the Post-black Ethos’ (working title)

Supervisors: Prof. Celeste-Marie Bernier & Dr. Glyn Davis (Current)

University of Brighton

Brighton, UK

Master of Arts in History of Design and Material Culture: ‘Dusky Gentlemen of Fashion: Examining the Black Dandy and Mimicry as Redressing the Black Male Identity in 19th Century America’

Advisor: Prof. Paul Jobling (2016)

University of Delaware

Newark, Delaware USA

Master of Science in Fashion and Apparel Studies + Museum Studies Certification: ‘The Way We Wore: A Digital Exhibition of Clothing and Memory’

Advisor: Dr. Dilia Lopez-Gydosh (2015)

Spring Hill College

Mobile, Alabama USA

Bachelor of Arts in Studio Arts + Minor in Professional Writing: ‘Ceramic Sculpture from the Fashionable Mind’

Advisor: Pieter Favier (2011)


Developed and performed a research-through-practice, artist response to the exhibition and workshop with the artist, titled THE BURDEN I BEAR IS HEAVY.

Developed a patternmaking/craft workshop to accompany film screenings at Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art as well as participating in the subsequent panel discussion.