Tag Archives: political art

UnCOVERed Quilt Completion

Q1 of 2018 was marked by needlework to overcome the winter doldrums. In January I sat down with 100s of women and a few men to stitch for Melissa Blount’s Black Lives Matter Witness quilt, and a few weeks later I worked on a different quilt. Photo by Jason Brown As part of the Winter […]

Elmhurst Art Museum

Last week I visited the Elmhurst Art Museum, which has two lovely exhibits up. The cartoon-like works of the Forced Field exhibit by Hebru Brantley seem cheerful at first, but have an underlying message that is more serious. Hebru’s Flyboy is a recurrent theme, based on the Tuskegee Airmen from World War II. The collection […]

#SayHerName: The Women of the Witness Quilt

“We are all connected. If we are not really invested in helping each other, there is no hope for us. It’s about how our lives are all limited without having deep conversations and interactions with one another.” ~ Melissa Blount Women starting new lives in a new home or trying to get away from abuse. […]

Black Lives Matter Witness Quilt

“I see this quilt as an opportunity to create repair. When you have empathy, it is hard to do damage. We haven’t dealt with the idea of how we have dehumanized black folk.” ~ Melissa Blount On June 25, Evanston residents gathered for the unveiling of the Black Lives Matter Witness Quilt at the Frances […]

Nasty Women Raising Funds

Oh my goodness, the Nasty Women Exhibit was an amazing experience. Shortly after the Evanston Made Studio Walks ended, people started lining up at 1100 Florence to ensure they got first dibs on the art work. 112 women from Evanston and near the North Shore donated artwork to be sold at $100 a piece. All […]