Allita Irby grew up in
Allita studied Art History and Drawing at Cameron State University (OK). At Bowie State University (MD), Allita earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with heavy concentration in Anthropology. There she furthered her knowledge of indigenous folkways and arts. Allita went on to get a Masters of Administrative Science from the
During her 20+ year career in telecommunications, Allita participated in the development of the Native American People of Verizon (NAPV) employee resource group. She served as National Secretary and Local Chapter Vice President. During her involvement with the NAPV association, Allita learned about ‘friendship bundles’. In 2003, with her creativity and love of nature, Allita designed dried botanical friendship bundles with dream catchers attached as “thank you gifts”. She has developed her unique style using natural materials, flowers and feathers in each bundle. Friendship bundles may be given at anytime as gifts or used in home decorating and office spaces.
Since 2005, Allita’s 2D and 3D visual art work has been juried into multiple shows in the Washington Metropolitan Area. She has been a judge in the New Carrollton (MD) Day Art Exhibition. Allita has curated and coordinated exhibitions in collaboration with the
Additionally, Allita is an avid reader belonging to two book clubs and a writing group which penned a novel. She has spent 2010 getting the manuscript edited and published. The book was released in May of 2011 with Simon & Schuster under the pen name B. W. Read. See bwread.com.
Professional memberships and volunteer services include: Hyattsville Community Artists’ Alliance (HCAA),
Allita Irby’s work has been on display and sold below: