Swaby didn’t grow up going to galleries and looking at fine art. The daughter of a seamstress, she grew up with textiles. She and her mother used to make church outfits, school uniforms, and clothing for dolls together.
“We cultivated so much love between us through creation,” Swaby said in an interview with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones. “Because my practice is an expression of love, textiles feel very fitting and a perfect choice to pursue that.”