Quilted Activism

Empty Chairs at Dinner Tables  by Joan Nicholson. Image: Namita Pau  Joan says of her evocative quilt, "When I hear of another death by gun violence, I think of the family of the victim. They will forever live without a loved one because people in the United States have an unhealthy relationship with guns." She substantiates her case with data; you will find names of representatives who have taken money from the NRA, the number of gun-related deaths worldwide (as per Nicholson's research, the United States tops the chart followed only by Colombia), amount of contributions to each political party and, number of dead and those injured in mass shotings in the US between 1984 to 2016.

Empty Chairs at Dinner Tables by Joan Nicholson. Image: Namita Pau

Joan says of her evocative quilt, "When I hear of another death by gun violence, I think of the family of the victim. They will forever live without a loved one because people in the United States have an unhealthy relationship with guns." She substantiates her case with data; you will find names of representatives who have taken money from the NRA, the number of gun-related deaths worldwide (as per Nicholson's research, the United States tops the chart followed only by Colombia), amount of contributions to each political party and, number of dead and those injured in mass shotings in the US between 1984 to 2016.

Empty Chairs  detail. Image: Namita Paul

Empty Chairs detail. Image: Namita Paul

Woke Voices: Community Quilt by Youth at SJSA Workshops in Boston, Baltimore, and the Bay Area. Image: Namita Paul  In addition, there was some amazing work by  Social Justice Sewing Academy  workshops for high school and college students. Calls for gun control, women's rights, immigration justice, and fighting racism reverberate through the quilts on display.

Woke Voices: Community Quilt by Youth at SJSA Workshops in Boston, Baltimore, and the Bay Area. Image: Namita Paul

In addition, there was some amazing work by Social Justice Sewing Academy workshops for high school and college students. Calls for gun control, women's rights, immigration justice, and fighting racism reverberate through the quilts on display.

Checking the temperature, poll at SJ Quilt museum. Image: Namita Paul  At the entrance of the exhibit, visitors are invited to take a bullet casing and once they reach the end, to take a poll. This is what it looked like two days ago. Where do you stand?   

Checking the temperature, poll at SJ Quilt museum. Image: Namita Paul

At the entrance of the exhibit, visitors are invited to take a bullet casing and once they reach the end, to take a poll. This is what it looked like two days ago. Where do you stand?