Sister Artists

Artists in Mali with their embroidered blocks
Artists in Mali with their embroidered blocks

Quilt for Change and The Advocacy Project (AP) have created a partnership between survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) in Mali and quilters in the United States.

The Project: Under the initiative GBV survivors have produced embroidered blocks depicting scenes of life in Mali. Quilt for Change invited American quilters to turn the blocks into art quilts which have been posted online, and now will be exhibited and auctioned. All proceeds from the auction will be sent to Mali and invested in a micro-enterprise for the artists.

Sister Artists Quilt by Janice Jones

Exhibit: The collection of art quilts will be exhibited at the New England Quilt Museum April 1 – 4. For the Museum’s Brown Bag Lunch series, several of the artists will speak about their creative process in answering an art quilt challenge on April 2 at 12:30.

Online Auction: We are working on the online auction. Watch The Advocacy Project’s website for details.

American quilters with their finished Sister Artists quilts
American quilters with their finished Sister Artists quilts

The creative mission is to stitch an artistic setting for the embroidery created by the Sister Artist from Mali. Hollis Chatelain, whose exhibit Stories of West Africa is traveling the US, has selected three quilts for special recognition, and those artists will receive a beautiful bundle of fabric from West Africa. When asked what criteria she was looking for, Hollis answered, “the quilt which best supports and raises up the art of the Malian women’s embroidery.” What better way to send a message to these women that we believe in them and their artistic future, than to highlight their artwork?

Project partners: Quilt for Change is partnering with The Advocacy Project and their partner on the ground in Mali, Sini Sanuman which has created the new program, Sini Brodage, to train the women in embroidery. Funds from the online auction will be used for further training and development in embroidery through Sini Brodage. To see how the Advocacy Project uses quilts to raise awareness on social justice issues, visit their website page here.

Social Media: Many of the artists have shared their work on social media and through their own networks (newsletters, blogs, websites, etc.). You can also see information on our blog from many of the artists on how they created their quilts.

Thank you! Quilt for Change and The Advocacy Project is grateful to the quilting community for their continued support of their projects. As quilters, we welcome the opportunity to expand on raising awareness on crucial issues, to include raising funds to find solutions.

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