Protest Quilts at QuiltCon

Longtime readers know of my interest in art as protest; to others, it is new information.

I didn’t make it to Modern Quilt Guild’s QuiltCon this year, nor did I enter any quilts.  I didn’t have any ready that were appropriate to even try. I do have ideas for next year though.

Meanwhile, I really enjoyed this Hyperallergic Article about the quilts with protest statements. ( I don’t know if the article includes photos of all the protest quilts or just a sample. Those who went to the show could comment if there are others that you noticed there.) You will find plenty of photos at the above link to make up for my not having one in this post. I’m wondering how coming upon a protest quilt among others would impact a viewer in contrast to seeing them all together. (If you were there, please comment.)

Click and enjoy. And talk about those that speak to/for you.

I was especially struck by two: “Black, Brown, and White in Orange” is a striking comment about our prison industrial complex.  And the contrast between “Protect and Serve” and the choke hold is stunning.


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3 responses to “Protest Quilts at QuiltCon

  1. Thanks for sharing. I had not come across that article.

  2. dezertsuz

    I guess I will never be a feminist. The quilts are interesting and well done, and they mark a certain kind of pattern in our society, which is important for history, but one in which I will not be participating. I’m more the love your enemies type, because I believe love is stronger than hate.

  3. Oh my goodness these were powerful pieces, thanks so much for sharing the link. You are right the “Black, Brown, and White in Orange” is really powerful!

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