She was born in 1930 in Harlem. She is an African American artist. She is the youngest of 3 children. She was sick a lot as a child with asthma so she had to stay home with her mother a lot. This is how she learned to sew. Her mother would teach her when she had to stay inside. Her mother would also take her to museums and see performers. Faith Ringgold started making her story quilts after her mother died. These were a tribute to her. The quilts have the stories written on the fabric because at the time, no one wanted to publish her books. She wanted people to still be able to read what she had to say. She started writing the story on the outside of the painting so that whenever her art work was hung up or displayed, people could still read the story.