7 Months Ago – Allyson Allen

by Dick Wilbur on May 13, 2016

7 Months Ago

Allyson Allen – Sun City, California


Artist’s Statement:

7 Months Ago - Allyson Allen

7 Months Ago – Allyson Allen

Everyday this young girl makes the perilous trek from her village to the river to collect the water her family desperately needs for drinking and cooking. One fateful day, her routine turn dangerous. Two strangers raped her. She still had to continue on to the river that day and every day since. That was seven months ago. Not only is this girl’s life impacted by the daily task of collecting water, but that responsibility is now amplified by her pregnancy. In her case, water is literally a new life.




7 Months Ago - Detail

7 Months Ago – Detail



This quilt features hand and machine appliqué, machine piecing and quilting with materials such as silk, satin, cotton, organza, tulle, velvet, and linens. It is embellished with beads, rope trim, and an African cowrie shell.





Allyson Allen - Sun city, California

Allyson Allen – Sun City, California


Artist’s Biography:

I use traditional materials to create unique, textile art, quilts, dolls, and handmade books. I’m a former high school English and Special Education teacher, and have been teaching quilting and doll making for twenty-five years. My work has been featured in numerous newspaper articles, exhibit catalogs, and books, and has been exhibited throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Africa. I am a Special Exhibitor, lecturer, and instructor for Mancuso National Quilt Shows. My national quilt show special exhibits are photo documented in my book, Quilted Pages – Story Art Quilts. My quilt pattern line is “Run With Scissors.”  For more of my work, please visit my webpage, http://kuumba421.wix.com/quilts421.


Muniece August 27, 2016 at 2:43 pm

I have had the honor of seeing your work in person. Two words, Absolutely amazing.

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