Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Farmworker Memorial Quilts Featured in New Book!

We are so excited to be part of an incredible new book with Quilt Index!

The Lake Apopka Farmworker Memorial Quilts project have a place in this extensive research work that culminated in the publication of the new Quilts and Human Rights book that has just been released. The long-awaited time has come, and we are delighted to share this news and information with all of you!

"Quilts and Human Rights offers a new understanding of the history of global human rights as seen through textiles of awareness and activism. Of all the textile forms linked to human rights activities, one form—the quilt—has proved an especially potent and popular form for individuals, working alone or as part of organized groups, to subversively or overtly act for human rights. Through a description of this activity over time and space, Quilts and Human Rights advances awareness of critical human rights issues: suffrage, race relations, civil wars, natural disasters, HIV/AIDs, and ethnic, sexual, and gender discrimination. Quilts and Human Rights pays tribute to the individuals who have used needle skills to prick the conscience and encourage action against human rights violations."

Desmond Tutu, winner of the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize, is a South African social rights activist and retired Anglican bishop, and wrote the forward for this new book!

Praise for the Book:  

“Beautifully written, with a venerable combination of straightforward expression and intellectual sophistication, Quilts and Human Rights successfully bridges the fields of women’s studies and visual arts with a brilliant survey of national and international human rights quilts.”—Carolyn L. Mazloomi, founder and director of the Women of Color Quilters Network

“Quilts and Human Rights tells superbly scaffolded stories about the powerful intersection of threats and threads.”—Patricia A. Turner, author of Crafted Lives: Stories and Studies of African American Quilters 

“This well-researched and important book sheds new light on the work of thousands of quilt artists who have used needle, thread, and cloth for advocacy, education, and reflection on human rights.”—Rev. Canon Mpho Tutu, executive director of the Desmond and Leah Tutu Foundation

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