Sister Artists

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

The Advocacy Project and Quilt for Change are pleased to announce that the Sister Artists art quilts will be auctioned on Monday starting at 6.00 am. The auction will end on Sunday June 28 at 11.59 pm.

Each of the 40 quilts includes an embroidered block that was made by a survivor of gender-based violence in Mali during training from Sini Sanuman, an AP partner.

All proceeds from the auction will be invested in a bag-making and embroidery project for the artists in Mali.

Each quilt has been valued at $300. Bidding will start at $100. Quilts can also be purchased for $750 without going through the bidding process (Buy Now Price).

Click here to view the auction and register as a bidder. Click “View all Items” and scroll down for information about placing a bid.

AP is offering a 90-page companion catalogue, Sister Artists, which carries a full photo of each quilt and a profile of the quilter. The catalogue is available from AP at $27.50 including postage.

For general information, to purchase a catalogue, or to take delivery of a quilt, email Brigid – bsmith@advocacynet.org – or call +1 202 422 2479.

Sister Artists Quilt by Janice Jones

About the Sister Artists Project

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.

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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