Many quilters and artists around the world make art inspired by the world around them. For me, making "statement"/political quilts is a cathartic practice. One goal of this new site, United We Quilt, is to group together and show quilts to a wider audience.
Eleanor Levie, the founder, asked if she could feature my "Hear Our Voice" quilt on the site. After I responded with appreciation for her mission, Eleanor asked if I'd be willing to help manage the site.
Related: recently, at a sewing night, I was talking with some of my quilting friends about visual representations of history. When people look back on a time period, they often note objects of cultural importance - especially art.
Screenshot of part of my feature on United We Quilt
So, when I look back on this time in American history (and when my kids, and their kids, and THEIR kids look back), I want to remember that there were others like me, who made art about the things they believe in - and that they shared them. And maybe I helped that happen. So I said "yes" to Eleanor.
The site just opened up and we hope it will continue to grow. Read more about the site here, submit work here (it's free, and you can submit past work that applies), and view the current gallery of work here.
Another related note: the exhibit deadline for Threads of Resistance, a physical show of similar themes that will travel the U.S., is May 1.