Aerial view of neighborhood streets from above, with rows of homes running off into the distance. Overlaid on this view are constellations of stars with the following names: Dina “Free” Blackwell, Nisha Blackwell, Ayana Clark, Yona Harvey, Robert Hodge, Joy KMT, Ayanah Moor, Bekezela Mguni, Staycee Pearl, Ricardo Robinson, Felicia Savage, Anqwenique Wingfield, and Alisha Wormsley.

Nisha Blackwell, Workshop on Black Makers Making

House of Manna
7240 Frankstown Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15208

Free Event


Learn about the Black maker community in Pittsburgh and make your own craft.

Nisha Blackwell is the Homewood-raised founder of Knotzland Bowties, a sustainable bowtie company committed to sourcing and reducing high-quality textile discards and repurposing them into high-quality bowties. Nisha's passion is in the intentional growth of sustainable communities as she trains and provides skills through Knotzland as well as advocating around the growth and engagement for Marginalized Makers in the City.

Portrait of Nisha Blackwell

This program is a project of The People Are The Light, a series of public art installations and workshops in Pittsburgh's Homewood neighborhood, curated by Alisha Wormsley. Twelve artist-collaborators lead events and performances throughout the neighborhood. Each project explores the connections between past, present, and future.

The People Are The Light is part of LIGHTIME, a year of programming from CMOA's Hillman Photography Initiative. Photography, at its basis, measures light and time. Wormsley, whose work revolves around memory and time, activates these fundamentals of photography, creating space for artists, collaborators, and participants to share their stories.