Black History Month: Brandi Cheyenne Harper
As News 12 celebrates Black History Month, News 12 highlight a Brooklyn artist that turned her passion for knitting into a career, and now teaches people how to use the craft to heal.
Brandi Cheyenne Harper is being recognized by New York City as a rising star of the Black community. She taught herself to knit at 15 years old, and by 17, she was teaching others.
“Knitting shows us what we are capable of, especially if we felt like we couldn’t and then we do,” said Harper. “It permeates all aspects of our lives, and knitting also keeps us in the present moment, it keeps us in there here and the now.”
As she honed her skills, she continued to teach at knitting shops, schools, and online while selling her creations. As demand for her patterns and designs grew, Harper decided to start writing guides, where she found her true calling.
“For me, it’s really where my heart is, writing books,” said Harper. “I think those can stand the test of time and allow me to reach more people.”
Last year, Harper published her first book, featuring all her own designs, words, and photos. In addition to step-by-step knitting instructions, the book also celebrates women of color through quotes from Audrey Lorde, Toni Morrison, and more.
Harper is now working on her second book and hopes her literature will inspire more people to discover knitting and its benefits.