Siempre Esparanza by Jennifer Day

by Allison Wilbur on February 21, 2011

Siempre Esperanza by Jennifer Day

Siempre Esperanza

Jennifer Day

Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

Siempre Esperanza – always hope – is the spirit behind this quilt.  The woman is from Oaxaca, Mexico.  Her sweet smile is all the more stirring in light of the skeleton bones behind her.    With all of the strife revolving around the drug wars in Mexico, this image is especially moving.  Mexican women of all ages are living through the relentless destruction of family and friends at the hands of the drug cartels.  In spite of it all, the undying hope of the women rises to the surface allowing them to smile with the knowledge that they are strong and will keep their loved ones together even if only in memories.

I use my own photographs in my quilts.  The woman in this quilt is covered entirely in thread. Her image is made up of over 40 different colors of thread.  The background is free motion embroidery.  It is my honor to have been able to create this image of a woman who knows that she is powerful and will endure.

Siempre Esperanza - Detail

It is time for a woman to be appointed as lead mediator in UN-sponsored peace talks.

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