These artist statements are for the artwork in the “other” category. 

Note that these are in alphabetical order by artist name.

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Kendra Allen: We Shall Over Comb!

After the Women’s March in January, I saw online some of the slogans that were on signs. “We Shall Over Comb” grabbed my attention. That phrase jolted my creative soul into action and I manifested this piece of art. Art has always been a way for me to express my emotions. This call to artists provided an avenue for me to mirror my dismay, my confusion, my disbelief at the elections results. I wanted to contrast Trump’s flamboyant trademark hair, which is embellished for emphasis, with a simple black and white face, a canvas for the Preamble of the Constitution. The Constitution had to be “in his face." May this (hair)piece make you smile, indeed laugh. May you reflect on the dilemma we now face. May you find beauty within this irony.

Joan Anyon: The Face of Sex Trafficking

When I was a child, my mother taught me to sew clothes for my dolls and I have always loved textiles – the colors, textures, and feel. After seeing the Gee’s Bend Quilt Show at the De Young museum, I was hooked on quilts and after I retired, I took a class to learn the process. I appreciate the Gee’s Bend Quilters simple graphic esthetic and have tried to incorporate it in my work. Having been involved in activism for my entire life, I feel compelled to use quilting as a way of speaking out on political issues. I have never studied art but find the creative process exhilarating, especially piecing in an improvisational way. I love thinking about the concept, choosing colors and fabrics and piecing the quilt. Although I have been using commercial fabrics, I am now trying to use recycled materials, I am learning to dye and am working to improve my sewing skills.

According to the International Labour Organization, at any moment in time 18.7 people are in forced labor in the private economy, exploited by individuals or enterprises. Out of these, 4,5 million (22%) are in forced sexual exploitation. Women and girls represent the greater share of forced labor victims (55%). Experts predict that human trafficking will surge under the Trump administration. Anti-immigrant policies make trafficking possible; according to the Washington Post, Immigration arrests rose 32.6 percent in the first weeks of the Trump administration. Fear of deportation stops people from speaking up about their own or other trafficking cases.

Underscoring the commodification of women, the black and white background of this quilt is a section of the barcode Not for Sale, a pattern also repeated in the eyes. The other barcodes on the front represent 4,500,000 individuals in forced sexual exploitation. Information about human trafficking is printed on the back side."

Beverly Arsem: Fragmented Flag/Country

Using the red, white and blue of our flag and small stars as a base, I’ve added other pieces: barbed wire images, blood and prison stripes. These are to remind us of the divisiveness in our “country of freedom and opportunity:” internment camps, private lands, relocating populations, physical violence, prisons, and echoes of concentration camp clothing. We are not so far distanced from other instances of atrocities and genocide around the

Ramona Bates: Wall of Resistance

My hope is that our country and its ideas (Liberty, Freedom, Justice for all) will persist. I am against building a wall as proposed by #45 and used fabric and background quilting to represent a wall on which statements of fact have been placed. These statements cover concerns such as freedom of press, gun control/safety, sexual assaults, immigrants/refuges.

Pat Baum-Bishop: Becoming Untied

My piece, Becoming Untied brings attention to the proposed changes #45 has in mind. I am in total disagreement with these un-American ideas. The removal of funding from the Arts and Humanities, Museums and Libraries and Public Broadcasting show a complete disregard for the creative fiber of my being. I dread the thought of these important programs that give so much to so many being unfunded.

Reducing the EPA budget by 31% shows to me he cares nothing about the earth as does his plan to increase the defense budget 54 billion. There is so much uncertainty I feel we are “becoming untied.” I feel the symbolism of the flag in a less than accurate representation is reflective of the state of the US.

Another title I considered for this piece was “Too Many Ties In Washington." The percentage of women in government is not reflective of our society and possibly if there were an equal amount of women involved our country and the world would be much better off.

Deb Berkebile: Still Dreaming about Equality!

We all know about some part of the civil rights movement, no matter how old we are. We are affected by the actions of those brave individuals and the outcome of the movement as a whole in our everyday lives. Due to recent current events in our country, I have been more proactive in politics; reading up on issues affecting our nation and studying how we came to be here, in this moment, and I always come back to civil rights. Everyone says, “We’ve come a long way since the movement began.” I would agree, but we have not gone far enough; racism still exists today in 2017.

The civil rights movement of the 1950 and 1960’s, ran the gamut of options when it came to expressing their feelings on the political and social climate of the times. These movements were several small isolated protest groups that began in 1954 and 1955; these peaceful demonstrations utilized sit-ins and right of assembly in public spaces to picket. These protests secured some basic rights for the African American people ranging from citizenship rights, less discrimination, and ending segregation. However, the glaring reality is that even with all these advances, racism still exists today in 2017.

In 1955, crossing racial barriers as Rosa Parks did in the bus boycott, she defied a southern law that required blacks to give seats toward the front of buses to whites. When she refused to give up her seat to a white bus rider, she was jailed. The black community boycotted the city’s buses. Just over a year later, on December 21, 1956, the practice of racial segregation was banned on the Montgomery public transit system.

Rosa Parks became a ray of light in a dark time. The dream lived on with Martin Luther King Jr, Jane Pitman, John Lewis, Roy Wilkins, Whitney M. Young and many more. We still have work to do, no matter what our race, color, religion, or creed.

My inspiration for this piece came from Rosa Parks & Martin Luther King Jr. Their acts of nonviolent civil disobedience made them heroes, not only within the civil rights movement in America but for peaceful peoples all across the world. On this piece is a copy of the original photo of Rosa being booked into the Montgomery County Jail. Also displayed on the quilt is a photo of President Johnson and Martin Luther King Jr. coming together for the signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Susan Bianchi: Liberty Marches

On January 21st, 2017 the Women’s March took place around the world in protest of the character and policies of the 45th president of the United States of America. Women and men marched in support of many issues including liberty for all human beings.

The symbol of our country’s freedom commonly known as the Statue of Liberty is actually entitled Liberty Enlightening the World. Libertas carries a torch in her right hand lighting the way forward, a tablet in her left inscribed with the date of our declared independence, and a broken chain at her feet symbolizing abolition.

I imagine her on January 21st wanting to march but knowing how much more important it is to hold high the symbols of freedom. She invites over 100 marchers from all over the world to make the signs they march with a part of her. Emblazoned with their words, she re-enlightens the world.

We can help. The fabric of liberty is imperfectly woven together. Sometimes it frays and unravels and hangs by a thread. We can strengthen the cloth. Working together, marching together, we are liberty."

Mary Bolton: My Flag, Our Colors

Channeling Betsy Ross, I took up my needle and thread. Looked into the fabric collection and thought; what would Betsy use if she was making a flag for us today? I thought, not just three colors and it wouldn’t be so neat! We are a multi-colored nation and my flag would be made from many colors, torn and tattered to represent the struggles of a diverse people. Woven in places, because united we are STRONG. And stars, yes still use the stars, to represent HOPE. And that purple heart? Well, that doesn’t need explanation.

Julie Bowden: This One’s for the Lawyers

There is a cartoon by Sam Machado that made the rounds after lawyers won an injunction halting the first Muslim ban in January 2017. It shows Lady Justice using one hand to hold a toddler-sized Trump back by his forehead as he takes swings at her with both fists. Her head is turned to the Statue of Liberty who stands behind her as Lady Justice says, “I got this.” The picture perfectly captures all the love and pride I felt for the judiciary that day.

With so many reasons to feel discouraged in the first few months of this administration, I wanted to make a quilt that reflected some of the bright spots in the overwhelming darkness. For me, a lot of those spots involve lawyers.

I started with Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s dissent collar for inspiration. Women on the Supreme Court wear a frilly lace collar (a “jabot”) with their black robes. RBG takes it to the next level and has a special collar that she typically wears only when she’s authored a dissent to an opinion being issued. It’s a sharp contrast to the traditional white jabot: black, with metallic circles. The day after Trump was elected she reportedly wore it on the bench, even though there were no opinions being issued that day.

Years ago when she was interviewed by Katie Couric, Couric asked her why she called this her dissent collar. RBG answered, “It looks fitting for dissents.” There is something gladiator about the black and burnished gold. Dark, tough, stubborn, protective, and strong. So I started with a close copy of that collar, but flipped it upside down to turn it into a warrior sun.

The sky is, of course, courthouse step blocks, where the light of justice is (one hopes) found at the top. A lot of the fabrics have a science or literature theme to them, and the quilting on the gold of the sun is meant to look like the shoulder on a gambeson (quilted armor).

This is not my usual aesthetic or color palette, but these times aren’t pretty. This piece is about my love and gratitude for all those people using their advanced degrees and argumentative dispositions for the common good. Love to the lawyers who stand between us and despotism.

Kate Braus: The Fourth Estate

In February 2017, only a few weeks after the inauguration, The Washington Post adopted a new official slogan: Democracy Dies in Darkness. The paper’s owner and founder of, Jeffrey P. Bezos used the phrase describing the reasons he chose to buy the paper. Bezos claims first hearing it in a speech by the legendary reporter Bob Woodward referencing Richard Nixon in the Watergate scandal. But Woodward did not coin the term either. He first read it as a Judicial opinion in a First Amendment case issued by Judge Damon J. Keith on the Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit in the pre-Watergate era. That ruling addressed the dangers of secrecy in government and ruled that a warrant was necessary in order to wiretap individual citizens. Although The Post denies the slogan was a response to the outcome of the election, the words could not have been more fitting or timely.

Candidate Donald Trump quartered off or, in some cases, banned reporters on the campaign trail. Now President Trump tweets wild accusations about fake news whenever he does not see his grandiose self-reflection in the mirror of the headlines. There is need for the Judicial and Legislative branches of government to apply the necessary checks and balances to weed out corruption, if not high crimes and misdemeanors. But the legislative branch is deeply indebted to special interest groups and they do not want to alienate Trump’s base for fear of loosing their seats, so they have not been aggressive in pointing out unethical behavior or uncovering conflicts of interest of this president. Sadly the Supreme Court appears more and more partisan in its current form. This leaves the ever more pressing need for skilled and diligent investigative journalism.

This administration gives the citizens of our democracy many worries. When I began to quilt my resistance I could imagine no more important vehicle than The Fourth Estate. So long as we have the watchdogs and the whistle blowers of an unfettered press, I can be hopeful for the future.

Jen Broemel: Love Above

This quilt was inspired by the concept of patriotism and humanity. Love and human kindness, love and equality and what that means to our country and its policies. Which is more important to you? Love of humanity or Love of country? To love conditionally or to love equally? I choose to Love Above. They go low, I choose love.

Jen Broemel: Fear Stops Here or Choose Love

This quilt is a statement about how we have gotten where we are. Why we are divided. It suggests that if we choose to trust in love we will no longer be afraid of what we do not know and what we are not familiar with. If we are no longer afraid we can not only accept our differences but celebrate them, learn from them. Fear stops with love, choose love, unconditionally and equally.

Jen Broemel: Red White and Broken

This quilt is a statement about our dividedness. We are broken but not dead. We will come together. We will rise. We are resilient. We are strong. We are not afraid. We will resist. We will persist. We will not forget, but we may forgive. Good will overcome. Love will win.

Karen Amelia Brown: Seeking A Common Thread

The world has become extremely polarized in recent years. The gaps between the “haves” and the “have nots” have widened exponentially, not only here in the US but all over the globe. Conflict has become the tone of everyday life – globally, within countries, in towns and villages, and even in families. All too prevalent is the theme of “Us vs. Them.” Feeding all this turmoil is the ever constant and immediate presence of the media.

The world, as projected through the media, too often feels like the sharp, pointed forms in this quilt filled with loud and destructive words. When I step back from this pervasive cacophony of negativity, I begin to hear the similarity of fears, angers, threats and concerns of both sides, just happening in opposition to the “other.”

How can we stop the destructive noise and begin to heal? When can we turn off the negativity of the news, fake or real? Can we silence the egos and rantings of those in power? Can we pause the conflict long enough to remind us of the good, the possible and the positive? What needs to happen to bring about change?

Something must change. If we, locally, nationally and globally, are to stop the chaos of conflict, we must find ways to heal, to come together, to identify similar basic concerns and to seek common threads. It is time to heal, to define areas for change and work for things that can make a difference. As with all things, it must begin inside each of us to echo Gandhi “to become the change we wish to see in the world.”

Sonia Callahan: Keep Science Strong

This quilt is meant to question the validity of the many proposed cuts in important fields of science. I feel unsure about the present administration’s attitude toward the importance of science and technology when we see reduction in EPA requirements, canceling grants and limiting funds for continued exploration of ocean and air. We need quality science so we can consider our present needs and anticipate those of the future.


A secondary message the quilt addresses is the need for women in science to receive the same pay as their male counterparts, The need for equality in pay is widespread in many fields and I challenge the present administration to take a good look at the existing male-female wage disparity. With all the claimed intelligence of this administration, certainly a creative solution can be found."

Sonia Callahan: Ruffling Feathers – A Foreign Policy

My quilt is a statement about the unusual way that the current US administration has gone about relating to other nations. The erratic, unpredictable style is often confusing and off-putting as contacts and comments seem to flow freely without a lot of thought or credibility. Promises and edicts change and other nation’s problems become examples of inappropriate behavior and conditions. My feeling is that we should look to ourselves before we make “fake”stories about others.

The peacock with the red tie is not hard to recognize and neither are the various countries caught in its spread tail. Perhaps a few of the feathered names can be blown away by a good strong wind and this administration seeks co-operation with these nation, creating benefits for all."

Linda Carlson: My Quilt, My Voice!

I taught Vocal Music Education then later became a quilting teacher, author and fabric designer. The binding and backing fabric motifs are musical compositions. This fabric ties into my last quilted statement. “My Quilt, My Voice!” portrays my positive/hopeful opinion of what the declaration “America First” should mean:

Leading Support of Science to Protect Environment Against Climate Change;

Leading Support of Public Education;

Leading Support to Control Guns & Gun Violence, Sexual Violence, and Assault;

Leading Support for Women’s Reproductive Rights, Equal Rights and Pay;

Leading Support for LGBT Rights, Gay Marriage;

Leading Support of Fair Healthcare for All Citizens;

Leading Support of All Lives Matter Against Hate & Racism;

Leading Support of Refugees in Crisis, Non-Discriminatory Immigration Without Walls;

Leading Support of Freedom of Religion Without Discrimination;

Leading Support of Electoral College Reform;

Leading Support for Freedom of the Press to Report Facts Without Reprisal;

Leading Support for Music, The Universal Language: TOGETHER, We Can Embrace Diverse Harmonies In Our Country’s Composition.

Catherine Carter: The Popular Vote

I finished this quilt just before the 2016 election, sure that I knew what the outcome of the election would be, and that the quilt would be relevant for the next eight years. It was the first quilt that I had made for myself, rather than as a gift for a friend or family member.

When reality failed to meet my expectations, I wasn’t sure what I would do with the quilt. Ultimately, I decided that it was still relevant, as a reminder of the need for competence, compassion, and public service - values that will be all the more important over the next four years.

Nisha Chadha: Pockets of Resistance

I’m a London-based textile artist specialising in issue-based art. In textiles, I have found the perfect medium though with to convey my feelings and personal history. I feel very passionately about this project as I am a female, south Asian, refugee, artist, teacher, pacifist, environmentalist Hindu. But I am not a victim.

Art has always helped me express myself. As a child when I moved to the UK in the early 1970’s I could not speak English. My natural language of communication and expression was art. It still is. I feel that this project gives a voice to the voiceless in much the same way that my art has given me a voice. This work is about capturing the beauty and despair of everyday life in miniature snapshots. Viewed from a distance you are enticed with colours and beauty, much like life itself. As you are drawn into the piece you begin to unravel the inner anguish that we are all faced with.

The piece consists of a web like tapestry entangling five distinct elements. The iconic white stars represent the many states of America, as they do in the Stars spangled banner. This sets the piece up to be a banner of Resistance. The red words are grotesque nouns which have entered the daily lexicon by being granted legitimacy through presidential usage. The yellow diamond “warning signs” are representative of the signs that are being blindly passed as the current administration leads the country down a dangerous road.

The miniature artworks represent the best of America with evocative themes such as “apple pie", baseball, Uncle Sam, Native American culture and commerce. Things that are clearly worth fighting for. The final element captures the essence of the “Self". The resistance within. It is represented by mirrors that force the viewer to look at themselves and understand their own power. Challenging them not to become passive observers in the change that is taking place around them.

All of my life I have been creating art based on issues that evoke passion within me. This project has helped me pull all of that experience and emotion into one definitive piece.

Ken Christy: Ideal vs. Empire

The first flag is a contrast between my ideals and our perpetual state of war.

The second flag protests our “sacrificing” our troops to our perpetual war.

The third flag questions our whole prison system.

Ken Christy: The gods of war are always hungry

We seem to always be ready to “sacrifice” our troops and citizens to the gods of war.

Ken Christy: A justice system

This quilt is intended to question our whole prison and criminal system.

Maryte Collard: The Kiss

I am an American citizen living in Lithuania. I love America and I care of what is happening there and I care of the future of my country. That’s why I didn’t vote for Donald Trump. But even more importantly I didn’t vote for Donald Trump is for how his presidency looks like from here. The idea that Putin may have helped Trump to win an election and to become a president worries and scares me. It worries and scares not only me, but most of Europeans, especially those living in Baltic countries. Finally we are free and we don’t want to go back under the yoke of Russia. We don’t want to experience the destiny of Crimea. It is possible because we have a border with Russia. It can also be possible because of the romance between president Trump and president Putin. Trumps romance with Putin lately has changed to a theatrical standoff as an attempt to cover up the romance. Either romance or an extreme confrontation will not make the world a safer place and will not make us here safer as well. President Trump must understand that Russia has never been a friend of the United States of America. It looks like he can’t see this simple truth from America but we can clearly see it from here. Based on original art by Dominykas Ceckauskas and Mindaugas Bonanu of and used with permission.

Shannon Conley: Listen Louder Than You Sing

What do I want to say? That climate change is real and we need to take responsibility for it? That if we don’t protect our environment and natural resources now, our children won’t have anything left to protect in the future? That evidenced-based science should inform policy? That immigrant rights are human rights? That feminism isn’t a dirty word? That implicit bias is real and ignoring racism won’t make it disappear? Yes, yes, yes to all of that. But more over-archingly, I want to say that my (and your) American experience is not all American experiences. That good leadership requires recognizing that those you serve don’t have the same needs and perspectives as you do. Stop conversing with only those who think like you do. To quote our choir director- “Listen louder than you sing."

Sylvia Contreras: Misscarried Democracy

As an American of Mexican decent, I was appalled by the language used by the president and our politicians. Misscarried Democracy is my voice rallying against walls while screaming for women’s equality and reproductive rights! The based of the tree is comprised of a uterus. The fetus is our current president laying on a bed of roses.

Carol Cook: Core Values

As I was growing up the NASA program gave us not only heroes, Tang, freeze dried ice cream and photos of the big blue marble we call Earth, but computers, satellite communication, and technologies too numerous to mention. It also showed us our world as one big global “island” where we all depend on each other for clean water, clean air and clean energy. At the time unregulated industry allowed pollution of our rivers, streams and lakes to the point where Lake Erie caught fire! It was a wake up call for those of us growing up in the Great Lakes and in this great nation. The EPA was born of this need to stem the pollution of our air, land and water.

When I attended Michigan State University I learned that it had been the place where “scientific agriculture” was first taught and where corn had first been hybridized. As I studied science there, I learned about development of antibiotics and how important they were to fighting disease. I learned about Pasteurization and the Tyndall effect in food preservation. I learned about the Green revolution, the discovery of DNA and how it led to a greater understanding of how our bodies work and how germs gain resistance, about how our environment is so interconnected, and so much more.

Today’s research on nutrition teaches us about antioxidants and the importance of eating a colorful diet. We have hand held computers and smart devices galore. We are learning how cancer works with our own DNA in order to develop treatments less toxic to humans and more targeted to the cancer cells. New medicines are needed to fight disease. Alternative energy sources need to be studied to be further improved to be affordable for all.

At the core of scientific advances are the elements of the periodic table and how they interact. What better symbol of science than the elements at its core. The value of science is that it has made us a first world nation who can help feed the world and lead the world in technology. To keep us great and maintain our way of life, we need to fund the scientific endeavors that will lead us into the future. Proposed cuts to the USDA, NIH, EPA, NOAA, etc., have me wondering how we will sustain our abundant agricultural production, how we will be able to lead healthy lives and how we will continue to develop new technologies to improve life for all. Just as chemistry is central to all of science, research is core to maintaining American life as we know it. We need to fund scientific research!

Linda Cooper: Trump Pollutes

Words have power. If you didn’t speak English, you might think my quilt is pretty. This is the most negative artwork I’ve ever made. I’m appalled at the President’s character and I fear the results on this country if his campaign promises are realized. So much damage has been done already in how we treat the people in our communities. Shortly before the election, I was waiting in the multi-cultural line at Goodwill, when an older white guy at the front of the line turned and shouted, “Who in this line is illegal?” I’ve never seen behavior like that before here.

I hope that the marches and protests like this one, encourage people to enter office and protect the rights and values that America deserves.

Lisa Corson: Rebirth

In my early 40s I decided to go back to school to obtain a Master’s degree in counseling psychology, and use my fine art undergraduate experience to help others work through issues and challenges in their lives. In doing so, my life has changed so much for the better. I feel I am helping to make real and lasting change in others lives, and in doing so, this has created somewhat of a rebirth for me as a person. I add this work to the show because I believe now more than ever, we need to embrace empathy, kindness, and understanding towards others in the world around us. Despite the negative feelings, statements, and rhetoric that surround this current presidential administration, I feel this is a call to action for us as individuals to listen intently; to be empathetic to others; to embrace diversity; to honor difference; and show kindness.

Tricia Deck: Our Fractured Homeland

Today’s political climate is like nothing we have ever seen. There is so much uncertainty and fear about what will happen. Our political parties are only fighting against each other, with no apparent hope for resolution. Neither side is willing to work together in a bipartisan way. I created my quilt with the visceral fear and realization that our country is fractured! I drew our country’s borders and fractured it from the heartland.

Gabriele DiTota: Seed of Hope

This has been a very tumultuous election cycle and it feels like the calm may never return. Yet there are many who are monitoring the goings on but who are keeping hope alive. This piece is a piece of Hope, a piece that believes in the better qualities of humankind and through acceptance and tolerance and inclusion, we can create a world that is a good place to raise the next generation.

Amy Donaldson: Run Bambi

I often use homey, vintage fabric and quilt parts in my work. They give me a sense of familiarity and comfort that I hope the viewer senses as well, and in that small safe place there is an opportunity to be coaxed into reconsidering what we’ve long thought to be normal, necessary or tradition. When I transform the design of a humble quilt square I try to create that space in which to question the status quo and point to those who are unable to speak for themselves.

Karen Duling: Assault on Truth

Our democratic system relies on truth and transparency as hallmarks of freedom. Truth is the foundation upon which the infrastructure of our democracy rests. Truth is under siege by rumors, conspiracy theories, political ambition, ego and ideology. Incendiary political dialogue is stretching our democratic grid to its limits. Red threads and red sparks represent the firestorm of anxiety caused by falsehoods. Horizontal green threads represent persistent and relentless quest for truth. Although stretched, the threads will not break. The quest for truth will hold the grid of our democracy together. Never has freedom of the press played a more critical role.

Martha Eaves: Humpty Trumpty Takes a Great Fall

The Border Wall is just one of many poorly conceived ideas of Donald Trump. It does nothing to address our real problems in finding our place in the world order, and is racist and insulting to our neighbors. We are quickly losing the respect of other countries in the world, and implies that the US is not a country that was built on the hopes and joys of all of the world’s immigrants. When he first announced the Wall, I immediately thought of all the historical instances where a wall proved completely unsuccessful to the growth of the nation and a more peaceful world: Berlin Wall, Great Wall of China, Hadrian’s Wall, etc., all of which illustrate the ineffectiveness of a “walling in” rather than a reaching out strategy for problem solving.

Sarah Entsminger: We Have Lost Our Way

We have become blind to rational, reasonable, political discourse. The lines between the parties are sharp, clearly divided, difficult to cross, and have taken precedence over common sense and love for our neighbors. We must find our way back to putting the health and welfare of all of our citizens before political ideals. We must cross and blur the sharp lines between us if we are to unite our country and truly become one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Marla Ferguson: Stop the Madness

This quilt was made about the relationship women have with war. The horrific pain we feel when our families are engaged in war. While it was originally made about physical war and how it affects women, it also depicts the other “wars” that affect women – our lack of reproductive freedom, sexual and domestic violence, equal pay, etc. When the design idea for this quilt first came to me in 2009, I didn’t want to make it. But I had a dream where I was thinking about not making the quilt and a mountain lion jumped into my dream and grabbed me by the neck. It wouldn’t let me go until I agreed to make the quilt. Eight years later, I now realize exactly why it had to be made.

The quilt shows the female sex organs with the ovaries as guns shooting blood through the uterus. The blood has words about war and one of the “blood” fabrics has skeletons representing the many ways we physically and emotionally die in war. The black and white checkerboard in the middle indicates how this is a black and white issue for me. The cream-colored background fabric has pictures of women in hats. The main part of the quilt is surrounded in black piping - the black horror of the situation. And the swirly red and white border indicates the absolute madness of it all. However, the binding is a sparkling white indicating that we do have hope and the help of the Divine in changing this. Clear, sparkling beads also surround the binding and represent the help of angels."

Marla Ferguson: The Radiance of Compassion

This quilt shows a heart that is “encrusted” in hate and jealousy and negativity and dark and covered with harsh metal spirals. The heart is also encased in a background of dark bricks. It feels like our country has a hardened heart these days. Not only to each other but to the rest of the world. Things of great value such as the beauty of this earth, the arts and the simple things of love and respect for each other have broken down. But, when the heart opens to love and compassion, you can see the shining streams of light break through. There are clear crystal hearts and beads in the center of the open heart also. The white piping around the inside border is symbolic of the white light of God that always surrounds us and the pink border is a fabric with hearts and the word “love” spelled out. The word “love” is also quilted in the border. The binding is made of watermelon seed fabric which symbolizes that once the hardened heart of a person opens up to love, they can plant seeds of love for others. This quilt is my hope for the future of America and the world. Let’s make “America First” in love and compassion for others!

Marla Ferguson: Connected

This quilt depicts how we are ALL connected on this planet. Seven “bridges” representing each of the seven continents on earth are made from small fabric strips and floating in an ocean background. Each of the bridges also intersects or is connected to a bridge of another continent, which shows how we are part of one world. Each of the fabrics for each of the continents was chosen to represent that specific continent. Most people think of the ocean as what it is that divides us, think of it a little differently and you will realize that the ocean is what connects us to each other and we’re all in this world together. Machine stitching with metallic thread is centered at the top of the quilt and flows down through the piece. The quilt is also surrounded by a thin white piping next to the binding. These two elements symbolize the love of God and Spirit for all people in all continents. My hope is that this quilt will remind us that all people of the world are connected and encourage us to treat each other with more kindness and compassion.

Michelle Flamer: Dearly Departed

My heart sank on the night of Nov. 8, 2016. Not only would I not witness the historic election of the United States’ first woman president, but a man who had managed to alienate and offend so many, a man who was clearly not capable for this job became President of the United States of America. Since Jan. 20, 2017, my predictions about the 45th President have not been wrong. Interpreting a Victorian Mourning Sampler (often made by school girls), my quilt expresses profound sadness over the risk to so many of our American ideals. Yes we are an imperfect union, but our democracy must remain a shining beacon for all people.

Michelle Flamer: Country of Origin

Interpreting traditional arpillera embroideries (made originally by Chilean women to resist Pinochet) my quilt comments upon Russia’s influence on this 45th American Presidency, which I believe to be illegitimate.

Katherine Simon Frank: Loving Community

To counter the hateful rhetoric in the present administration in Washington, D.C., I dream of a community where all who live together are respectful of and kind to all. Here we see a village of many homes, each occupied by individuals different from each other in many ways: gender, age, skin color, hair color and style, clothing, activities, and relationships. Yet all are happily living in harmony with their neighbors.

Between the houses, vines and trees provide spaces for the residents to enjoy the outdoors together. While fences are implied, openings everywhere encourage the townspeople to move back and forth freely between their homes. May this be a model for how all people might live in community peaceably with others. The world has such diversity that each of us becomes richer when we make connections with others.

Pam Geisel: Jackie and Jill Went Up a Hill

We are constantly bombarded with images of what it means to be male or female. Boys wear blue and play with trucks. Girls wear pink and play with dolls. But it wasn’t always that way. All young children used to wear dresses. 200 years ago men wore wigs and high heels. And the color pink used to be associated with boys. Putting a pink dress on a boy won’t make him gay or transgendered. Let’s just wear what’s comfortable and keeps us warm when it’s cold and stop making stereotypical decisions based on what someone looks like.

Elena Gonzalez Ros: Spanish gone missing

During his electoral campaign, Donald Trump claimed to represent all Americans but shortly after his inauguration the White House website removed content in Spanish. By not providing information in Spanish the Trump Administration is ignoring and neglecting millions of Spanish speakers who live in the US.

His comments that “This is a country where we speak English, not Spanish” reveal that his commitment to diversity is flawed. It is perfectly possible to be patriotic in a language other than English, to thrive and be an American. Attacks on the Spanish language show that discrimination can take many forms and shapes and point to the acceptance of just one type of American.

This quilt highlights how repressing language diversity has implications beyond purely linguistic discrimination. It shows a rejection of Hispanic cultures and peoples that have formed part of the fabric of American society.

Raffaela Gottardelli: Pink Connections (it’s a women’s job)

(The Universal Declaration of) Human Rights torn and scattered on a wrinkled black background. Our rights denied, ignored, we, the People, divided, separated by barbed wire fences – and, nevertheless, these thin pink lines trying to keep things together, to make a sense out of dispersed words, again, to make our declaration stand up for ourselves, again – and the rust of our angry tears to corrode the wire of fences into dust

Raffaela Gottardelli: There’s some mending to be done (the Kintsugi lesson)

This is my homage to the women who marched for rights and freedom in the USA and all over the world. Even though disrespected and broken The Universal Declaration of Human Rights still deserves life, still maintains its dignity and its force. We, the women on the march, these thin strong pink lines (there’s iron wire inside us), we do not attempt to hide the damage, we do embrace it, the scars of existence over time are life itself. The knots – our way to analyze and elaborate the idea of loss and destruction through improvement and repair.

The work, which is part of a series, is still in progress, it will be finished in a week, I hope you will take it into consideration.

Laura Gottlieb: How to Survive Hard Times

Hoping to comfort myself and friends grieving over the election of Donald Trump as U.S. President, I created this wholecloth quilted wall hanging. It reads: “How to Survive Hard Times: Work with others. Take care of yourself. Build up your strength. Let your spirits soar; Have hope. Take comfort in nature, friends, books, art, and music. Maintain a strong spine, an observant eye, and an open hand. Remember that the wheel of fortune turns… and turns again.

Cindy Grisdela: Ignorance Is Not A Virtue

I was a journalist in a former life and freedom of the press is an important issue for me. In his commencement speech to Rutgers University in 2016, President Obama said, “In politics and in life, ignorance is not a virtue.” Those words resonated. Seeking information and educating ourselves about the world around us is a primary responsibility in a democracy, and a free press is crucial to that undertaking.

To create this quilt, I pieced the words “Ignorance is Not a Virtue” improvisationally. The wonky nature of the letters suggest being cut out of a newspaper or magazine. Additional words are free motion stitched into the middle dark gray border, including the attribution of the quote to President Obama at the bottom, Knowledge is Power, Freedom of the Press, Democracy Dies in Darkness, No Fake News, Alternative Facts are Lies, and Seek Truth.

The improvisational red border reflects the process of piecing together facts and truth that all journalists undertake when they begin a new story. All of the journalists I know and had the privilege to work with in the Washington press corps are conscientious, honest men and women who are committed to throwing light into the dark shadows to help the public make informed decisions. I salute them.

Ellen Guerrant: Silent Voices

“Silent Voices” was created in memory of those women whose lives were lost in desperate attempts to self-abort, to back alley abortions, and to the tortuous decisions these women were forced to make. Roe v. Wade is the law of the land. Yet the right to safe, legal abortions, performed in many cases to save the life of the mother, is fast disappearing. We must RESIST threats to the safety of women’s health. We must RESIST threats against Planned Parenthood.

Karen Hanken: Tattered By Twitter

(To decode messages activate black-light.)

Like a multitude of Americans I awoke on 11/9 horrified and shell-shocked. Our greatest hopes for continued progress in America – and a much deserved first for women - had been stolen by America’s obscure electoral system. And this time (remembering the electoral mischief of 2000) it was to the most grotesquely unqualified and corrupt narcissist; one who had embarrassed the U.S. throughout the campaign with his tweets and behavior, assisted by the ever-present circus-enabling media.

Tattered By Twitter began very shortly after that excruciating day with the vision of the electoral and demographic maps seen throughout the slog of a campaign, and now the focus of post-election scrutiny. The patchwork sets the background, as our flag – the image of our country – is broken in to sets and subsets. Messages were stitched as an overlay reminiscent of Americana chalkboard signs, and in a nod to the word clouds populating the internet and newspapers. Safety pins abound.

There had been reports of Russian interference by the time of the conventions, yet most media outlets brushed those off in favor of attacking the only competent choice (who they almost all finally endorsed). I decided to use glow-in-the-dark thread to highlight the fact that there were many warnings of foreign espionage – and they would have been revealed easily with basic investigation and curiosity.

Tattered By Twitter was completed shortly after the Woman’s March so it incorporates the memes most predominant during the campaign and through the turbulent weeks leading to the inauguration. There are dozens of tiny, subtle messages within the stitching and choices of fabric. And many not-so-subtle observations under black-light. Artist’s signature dated 1/21/17 is stitched in, underneath the document of protest and accusation.

Karen Hanken: Spun From Hypocrisy

Does it make you sick??? I hope it does because that’s what I’m aiming for…

Chaos and mayhem has reigned during the first 100 days. The constant, relentless roiling of basic societal norms; the plowing through of corrupt – and wholly inappropriate – appointees; the belligerent attacks on every prior accomplishment; the blatant power grab of stealing a win by changing the rules; the war games played over dinner parties; the sinister use of misdirection and outright lies; it has all contributed to making the population anxious and unsettled. A nation that is being led by – and now feeling – the turmoil of insanity. The only way to describe this time is CRAZY.

Look deep into the spiral of regurgitated chants and you’ll see the fading battle-cry that fueled illegitimate charges and millions upon millions and hours upon hours of investigation…and a grueling hearing which displayed the courage, fortitude and balanced temperament of the hounded. The lack of guilt was conclusive to all but the most partisan conspiracy enthusiasts.

Yet no such vehement investigation has begun on this corrupt administration. Even as it becomes clearer and clearer that the popular vote LOSER - who is looting our Treasury with his outlandish travel and security demands – who is pocketing a great deal of that Treasury money into his personal accounts – who is hugely indebted to foreign entities (and won’t release his tax returns) – and who is completely without moral standing - is truly the criminal of historic proportions. As are many of the sycophants who enable him.

Russian interference played a decided role in the election outcome, and they were allowed to do so by a political coalition that (a) didn’t think it could possibly come to such result on one side and (b) could only serve the power-obsessed purposes of the other. The people who have professed loudest to be patriots are ceding America to foreign manipulation for a family kleptocracy and they are defrauding Americans by enacting laws based on this illegitimate autocrat…all for the benefit of their moneyed plutocracy. It is close to the fall of Rome.

This quilt features a sound chip that plays a recording of the artist passionately calling out the hypocrisy, re-mixed with an open-source midi file aimed at creating the nauseating sensation of a carnival sideshow. Pushing the red button (a circle at the center of the farthest right ‘nuclear’ twister) will launch the 2-minute sound file.

Last note: the symbol that looks like a P on top of a T is not referencing any names. It is the Russian Ruble.

Nicole Hannah: White House, Black Spot

The title of the piece “White House, Black Spot” came from an idea that the actions of presidents are a stain on the USA. I used a traditional log cabin block to represent the White House as a symbol of the USA. Each of the presidents, even ones remembered favourably, have made bad decisions affecting thousands and millions of people both within their country and around the world.

The micro-piecing added density and more layers to each block, and served to highlight the idea of a big man [the spot] in a small confined space. I used a unique white fabric in each block but kept the dot/centre the same fabric across all the blocks. There are 45 black spots for the 45 presidents; the four ghosts blocks are still free from stain. These four fade to nothingness… what will the office of the president look like in 2020, 2024, 2028, 2032? The last one is still hopefully a blank slate.

"Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority; still more when you superadd the tendency of the certainty of corruption by authority.” – Lord Acton, from a letter to Archbishop Creighton, April 5,

Willoughby Hastings: Document of Standing Rock Protest

“Document of Standing Rock Protest,” like “United,” is a part of a larger body of work utilizing fabric scraps donated by women I have a relationship with. This work, however, is a relic of a “Standing Rock Protest,” acting as both a banner and a flag. The work’s performative and collaborative aspects continue the conversation despite the production of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The generic landscape, void of derivative tribal symbols cautions against tokenism and the colonization of culture. www.

Neroli Henderson: White Flag

Originally created for the Australiasian Quilting Conventions “Made in Australia: Flora and Fauna”theme. Trump had just been elected and over here in Australia I just couldn’t bring myself to make another pretty flower or fluffy koala when it seemed like the whole world had gone mad. The exhibition was having select pieces travel to Mexico and it seemed even more outrageous to make something without political outrage when the leader of the free world was talking about building a wall to keep Mexicans out of the country. I took a Sturt’s Desert Rose petal and abstracted it until it looked like a white flag waving in the wind. It’s a black and white quilt as it seems like such a black and white issue. No need for many shades of grey.

Diane Hoffman: Scapegoat

This quilt is my response to the rhetorical use of animal imagery to dehumanize and weaken opposition. The animals portrayed are local rescue animals.

Peggy Hracho: Unpaid Protester

“Unpaid Protester”celebrates the Women’s March on Washington. This peaceful protest was the largest civic demonstration in the history of The United States, celebrating unity, strength, and women.

Peggy Hracho: Alternative Facts

So many false statements have been spoken, that we now have a new way of calling a lie for what it is.

Bonnie Hull: Resist

I bought a black and rust orphan block at a thrift store. It was hand-pieced with white thread and somewhat awkward in execution, and the fabric was old. It appealed to me so I bought it home and put it in a stack of orphan blocks I’ve collected over the years.

On the day Senator Elizabeth Warren was not allowed by Senator Mitch McConnell to read a letter into testimony, a letter from Coretta Scott King against the acceptance of Attorney General Jeff Sessions into the cabinet, the day Mr. McConnell said “She was warned, nevertheless, she persisted…”I got mad.

As I thought back over a long life of powerful white men telling me what I could and could not do or think in a way that communicated to me that my opinion was not worthy of consideration; my father, teachers, bosses, city council members, lawyers, developers…I got mad.

I went straight to my sewing room, grabbed the newest orphan block and a piece of fabric with Japanese fans (which had begun to symbolize for me the devastating internment of Japanese Americans during World War II) and the center of the quilt was done. I quilted Mitch McConnell’s phrase around the center and added the word “RESIST"…pin basted it and began to think of how I would quilt it. Two of my best critics felt the lines of the pins, random, scattered…would be better than traditional patterns and I thought they were right. In the bottom I embroidered an open safety pin, full of symbolism of both safety and resistance…a pin with a blood red tip. The whole thing came together fast.

I posted a picture of the quilt on Instagram and Boston quilter Amy Sullivan asked if I had made it for the “Threads of Resistance”show, which I had not, nor had I even heard of the show. I made it because I was mad. I now hope to join this quilt with the work of others who for whatever reason know that we must speak and we must resist.

Angelina Kendra: Esperanza, Envuelta (Hope, Enshrouded)

This piece represents a visual interpretation of the seven stages of grief, based on the work of psychologist Elizabeth Kubler-Ross. As an infographic, the piece reads like a bar chart, with Time beginning at the upper left and moving downward along the Y axis. The fragmented bars represent the stuttering progress and simultaneity of these various stages following the traumatic reality of November 8.

I chose prints to reflect the emotional reactions (both my own and others’) to this national nightmare: Shock … Denial … Anger … Bargaining … Depression … Acceptance … Hope

But in my piece, hope is enshrouded – veiled and weighed down by the existence of 60 million conspirators voting to eliminate the future of progress for everyone.

The matchstick quilting was a meditation. White machine noise to drown out the poisonous rage-filled accusations and nightmarish prophecies screaming through my mind … boring straight lines, made occasionally irregular when I couldn’t focus through tears … thick black funereal border to enclose the whole thing and bind it to this hellscape of a moment in history.

The primary question that I have been asking myself since the election is, What, exactly, am *I* grieving? I don’t have a satisfying answer for this. Mostly I think I am grieving the loss of my own hope. My tenuous belief in the goodness of the people with whom I share a national identity. The end of my charade of a complacent suburban mother. My disgust is so profound I can taste it. I know that I will not be part of any “solution” to this schism, because I am not prepared to shine any beacon or hold anyone in the light or pray or wish for anything. I won’t even waste my energy trying to have a civil conversation because I, quite literally, have NOTHING nice to say. And I won’t be bothered learning a third language where words mean nothing and logic does not apply.

The best thing I have to hope for is a heaping helping of schadenfreude as 61 million delusional voters slowly realize they have just chosen a preeminent con man to preside over the rights-eroding, environment-despoiling, freedom-crushing disgrace that is about to unfold. No one deserves it more than they do.

Amy Kidd: Liberty Persists

It’s been difficult for me to feel optimistic since the election. I am concerned about many things: damage to the environment, decreases in science funding, elimination of funding for the arts, the threat of global conflict combined with the alienation of our allies, and more … My biggest fear is that we are taking huge steps backwards in terms of equal rights. We have so much work to do to achieve true equality for all Americans, regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, or country of origin. The current administration is undoing progress we have made towards equal rights as an alarming rate.

Signs of the resistance around me have helped me find hope: updates from a friend on her daily 5-6 resistance actions, participating in the women’s march, high turnouts at other marches and forums, conversations with like-minded friends and colleagues, actions by my own state senators and representatives to counter White House policies and appointments, the amazing set of social justice and political quilts on display at QuiltCon. All of these things remind me that we can unite and make a difference, preserving what is good about our country.

My quilt captures this struggle. The Statue of Liberty, representing freedom, liberty, and equal rights for all, is being assaulted by flames and shattering. But her crown and the values she represents remain intact. It shines like a beacon rising above the ugliness. Like so many strong women in the past, now, and in the future, she persists.

Susan Fletcher King: Changing the Landscape

My grandmother was born in 1902, and her formal education consisted of learning to converse in French, play the lute, and become proficient in all forms of needlework for her trousseau. All this was in preparation for the highest goal she could strive for, her marriage to a prospective suitor. By contrast, not much more than 50 years later, I have been afforded an education and opportunities that startlingly few women in other countries and even in this country can only dream about.

The Women’s Movement has brought dramatic change and positive growth to so many. And like so many, I accepted that change and until recently have taken it for granted. But the landscape for men and women still reflects a huge disparity in salaries, jobs, promotions, perception, and even disparity regarding rights about our own bodies. Women have yet to reach, let alone break those glass ceilings. Therefore, we must not become complacent. We must continue to strive for equality in the workplace, strive for growth, and never allow ourselves to think “It’s good enough."

My grandmother lived a full and happy life and became a champion for change and equality for women. I now have the obligation of continuing that legacy for the women that came before me, and the promise for the girls that are just beginning this journey. We must not slip backward, we cannot lose traction, but must continue to move forward in this – our most epic journey. We must continue to change the landscape.

A Personal Note: The backing on this quilt is made from damask, fringed and embroidered napkins that were well used from my grandmother’s trousseau.

Ellen Knapp: Polar Vortex

My submission is a textile interpretation of a phenomenon that occurred in winter 2014 and 2015. Much of the country was experiencing numbing, record-breaking cold for extended periods of time in both January and February. The spectacular visual representation in the media of this ‘new phenomenon’ was an inspiration to me. It was also cause for deep concern about climate change.

The phenomenon known as the “polar vortex” in popular media occurs when the jet stream, a fast-moving river of air in the upper atmosphere, becomes wobbly and develops kinks. Extremely cold air that is usually fenced in by the jet stream over the North Pole, migrates south into these kinks in the jet stream bringing very cold temperatures to North America, Northern Europe, or Russia.

The frequency and intensity of the polar vortex in recent years has been linked to reductions in arctic sea ice in the summer months. The increased open ocean area in the arctic absorbs more heat from the sun through the fall and early winter, destabilizing the jet stream and leading to “polar vortex” incursions south into North America.

While many artistic depictions of climate change focus on extreme high temperatures, ‘Polar Vortex’ emphasizes that climate change can and does produce extreme cold events as well. As the climate changes, we will need to find new ways to stay warm in the winter in addition to staying cool in the summer. The pieced top of this quilt is made entirely from recycled wool, mostly from skirts salvaged from thrift stores, and therefore represents sustainability through reuse.

The orange outer border is an explicit representation of the implicit warning of the polar vortex and other extreme weather events driven by climate change. The swirling colors of the pieced top represent the temperature map of North America in January 2014, with sub-zero temperatures extending as far south as Louisiana and Texas. The colors also show the typical counterclockwise vortex flow of Northern Hemisphere weather patterns. The US states are outlined in hand quilting for reference, but the effect of the polar vortex phenomenon spans three countries. Climate change, which is driven primarily by CO2 and methane emissions from industrialized nations, is truly global and does not respect borders.

Traditionally/historically, quilts have followed regular, repeating patterns. This quilt represents a change in the pattern, both in the artistic style and the weather (and climate) it represents. Though politicians remain mired in a self-serving debate about the very existence of climate change, nature is sending ever clearer signals that humans have altered the climate of the entire planet. Our very survival as a species may depend on whether and when we choose to listen.

Jennifer Landau: 2020 Vision

“2020 Vision” portrays the 2016 Trump campaign and the dynamics now in play in Washington D.C. Particular focus is given to the Republican Party, in its role as an agent for Trump’s success. With an eye to 2020, GOP politicians flip-flopped in their opinions of Trump as a candidate. They continue to do so with him as president, as they jockey for position within the party and at the 2020 election box.

Here we see the Republican Party plank as a circus stage, where the party faithful scramble for balance atop GOP balls, unwilling to acknowledge the evil before them. (Optimistically, one ball has been pricked and is leaking.) The tent backdrop is built from Constitutional principles. Interspersed is the wisdom of earlier generations, as well as quotes from current politicians who first denounced, then accepted, Trump. These words are intentionally obscured by both the graffiti of Trump’s vitriolic campaign sound bites and the core issues we truly face. GOP leadership set forth the usual conservative campaign plank, yet rather than an approved ringmaster, the biggest clown took over the show.

The campaign circus was too tempting for the media, which plastered Trump’s words and image across the nation, only drawing more into the applauding audience. The election showed the ability of negative, fearful messaging to work up the crowd, eclipsing the principles that guide our nation. With the Trump Administration in full, frightening swing, the campaign rhetoric threatens to become national policy. Many continue to turn a blind eye. In doing so, they also turn their backs on the values, laws and rights that secure our nation. Much is at stake, when showmanship trumps thoughtful, constructive party politics. Will Constitutional principles prevail as we look to 2020?

Joan Leahy Blanchard: Presstitutes

Presstitutes: The word is a blending of press & prostitute. The comparison comes from the notion that the news media sells itself for money.

The last few months I’ve been pondering how the news media has impacted our view not only in this past election but in other matters. How do we see the alternate view? How do others see our view? Are we being manipulated by the press? This piece is about the confusion I feel when listening to various news media.

Ann Lee: Word Power

This work started with four panels of words recycled from a piece I created in response to Trump’s campaign call for a border wall. The four panels represented:

• The power of words

• Words of welcome and acceptance

• Words of exclusion and hate

• Groups of people targeted and excluded

It was a 3-D piece with a looming black wall composed of dark hateful words that trap and obscure the color contributed by the diverse mix of people in this wonderful country and threatened to overpower the loving white words. Phrases and sayings about the power of words formed the base. Overall, I was trying to depict the power of words through this piece and how they can be forces for good or evil. Prior to the election, it was the negativity that the Trump wall represented to me that came through most strongly in the piece.

As I reworked the piece to convert it to a wall quilt, my eternal optimism came to the foreground again. As in all of life, the current political situation is a complicated mix of black, white and colors; good and evil. Each comes to surface at different times and circumstances. As I began stitching more words over the original panels, I found that I was creating a chronicle of my longing for harmony, cooperation, and working together. It became a call for digging in, doing the hard work of coming to compromise, and learning to really know and respect each other as human beings.

For many years now, creating art has often provided me with an outlet for coping with difficult situations. The Threads of Resistance show gave me a reason to put all my worries and concerns about our political situation into another artwork to stave off overwhelming anxiety.

Allison Lockwood: Forever My President

The “American Dream” as defined by James Truslow Adams in 1931 is “Life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement regardless of social class or circumstances of birth." By this definition, Barack Hussein Obama, our 44th President of the United States of America, is the epitome of the “American Dream.” For me personally and for millions of Americans, he was and is a champion of human rights for ALL, and a protector of our fragile environment. These are just two of the issues that are dear to my heart.

Our newly elected “President” has not earned my respect. I make no apologies for my lack of “loyalty." I fear that this man and his group of cronies will dismantle the progress made in the Obama years. However, I am comforted that Obama has left a legacy of hope and am encouraged by the incredible surge of activism sweeping our country. As Nelson Mandela looks down from above, I make this quilt to honor Barack Obama… FOREVER MY PRESIDENT.

Lani Longshore: And The Wall Will Come Tumbling Down

Life and love both find ways to thrive. The Berlin Wall fell, and so will any border wall the current regime might build. People of compassion will find a way around and through bigotry and greed, just as vines find their way around and through mortar and stone. In “And The Wall Will Come Tumbling Down” I juxtapose pieced units suggesting masonry with a commercial print showing plant and animal life using a wall for their own purposes. The lace inserts remind the viewer that even the most solidly built wall can crumble. The people are watching, resisting, planning. The embroidery and quilting show that one small crack will spread across the entire surface, sweeping away fear-mongering to prepare for a better future.

Niraja Lorenz: Strange Attractor # 8 - Stars and Stripes

I’ve always associated the American flag with conservative Nationalism. So, after finishing this piece in 2015, I rejected it. The palette and large star reminded me too much of that right-wing symbol. After the election, when people started bringing flags to Resistance demonstrations, I recoiled at first. I would not, could not, hold a flag – that symbol of nationalist pride. “They think we are burning flags,” someone explained. “We need to show them that WE love this country.”

Over the following weeks I began to see the flag differently. It became a symbol of this land I love and the democracy I fight for. Now, the sight of American flags alongside “STOP TRUMP” and “This Is What Democracy Looks Like” makes sense and is a powerful statement. Resistance to this tyrannical administration is true love of country, love of all beings. We must speak out and encourage all Americans to oppose this catastrophe. I know that we, demonstrating on the street corners, are the true patriots. And so, Strange Attractor # 8—Stars and Stripes came out of the closet. This piece is machine pieced entirely of solid-colored cotton. Each change in color is a separate piece of fabric.

Niraja Lorenz: Indivisible

Over the last three months, many people began to bring American flags to the weekly Resistance rally in Eugene. At first I recoiled. I would not, could not, hold a flag – that symbol of nationalist pride. “They think we are burning flags,” someone explained. “We need to show them that WE love this country.” Now, the sight of American flags alongside “STOP TRUMP” and “This Is What Democracy Looks Like” makes sense and is a powerful statement. Resistance to this tyrannical administration is true love of country, love of all beings. We must speak out and encourage all Americans to oppose this catastrophe. When I saw the call for Threads of Resistance, my first thought was: “Make a flag.” A single star and stripes fading to black convey both my hopes and fears. I want all people who choose to live in this country to feel welcome and safe."

Amy Love: Family Armor

Immediately after Donald Trump was elected President, panic and disbelief set in. Once I calmed down, I thought of my teenage children. Knowing the President-Elect does not share our family’s values, I asked myself, “How will we parent them through the next four years?” My answer: look at how you have raised them thus far. Many post-election discussions took place between me and my husband as well as family discussions. I remembered countless learning moments throughout their childhood. We had armed our children with skills for engaging in their world: thinking for themselves and asking questions, as well as practicing emotional intelligence, especially empathy, kindness and respect.

From this reflection, I created “Family Armor” to represent our uncertain world and how our children can engage with it. The size and shape reflect a shield, a common tool for defense in combat. A “canvas” of piecework featuring light tones provides a neutral yet complex backdrop. Layers, tone, pattern, color, balance, texture and line are utilized to create visual movement, tension, and complexity.

Carole Lyles Shaw: Freedom of the Press: Enemy of Tyranny

When tyrants and criminals want to undermine or overthrow legitimately elected governments, their first attack is on freedom of the press. Journalists are willing to risk everything – even their lives – to publish the truth. All citizens must be vigilant and unflinchingly protect the right of journalists to discover and publish the facts, to question authority and speak truth to power.

Shirley MacGregor: Assembly Required

There is a desperate need to improve our infrastructure, NOT to include useless walls.

An old rusty bridge

Transformed, repair and paint

Once again a new

This is a place where our money should be spent, not on unless Texting, replacing ObamaCare, and lies.

Ruth Marchese: Death & Destruction amid a River of Blood

When will we stop the insane policies of imposing our brand of democracy on other countries by promoting regime change? Haven’t we destroyed enough countries, societies, economies, ecosystems? Caused enough death and refugees, and always on somebody else’s territory?

Ruth Marchese: Torn Apart

Torn Apart was created during the 2014 assault on Gaza. I had a damaged curtain in a lovely light green, a beautiful silk/cotton upholstery fabric, plus some deep blue silk which I slowly worked into one of my “light screen” pieces. However, as I was working on it, I heard reports about a new and devastating assault on Gaza, a captive population whose country had already been reduced to rubble multiple times (as they said in a “mowing the lawn” operation). Listening to the descriptions of these latest attacks was horrifying and nauseating. I felt I had to somehow immediately reflect my feelings in this piece. So once it was finished, I cut ("torn") it apart, created a chasm by sewing the two halves on a dark background fabric, added black lace (to symbolize mourning) and light green beads to commemorate the many souls who lost their lives.

Buff McAllister: Pants on Fire

I suppose every president lies to a greater or lesser degree. But the lies of the current administration top the charts. They cut across all parts of the government and the public weal. They undermine the very essence of democracy – that we the people know enough about current affairs to be able to discuss and debate them, then support or oppose proposed policies. The lies are so blatant and transparent, so pervasive, on so many varied topics, and often so absurd, that they appear to be pathological. Almost worse is the lack of remorse, regret, apology – we hear only flippant responses when lies are brought to light. Lies destroy trust. And trust between the people and our elected officials is essential for us to work together for the common good. I fear for the future.

My piece symbolically emphasizes the LIES contained in every statement. Some of the fabrics are a little shabby, and some of the sewing crude – to reflect my opinion that the administration’s lies are just that – shabby and crude.

M. Leana McCutcheon: Our Home is Melting Away

The polar bear has been my spirit animal for many years. The destruction of tropical rainforests and the continued use of fossil fuels have led to measurable changes in the world’s climate, and now the polar bears are losing their habitat. So this mama and cub are a plea for everyone to rethink how much their consumer choices directly affect ALL lives on our planet.

Katherine Mcdonough: No More Walls

We live with walls all around us, internal and external. Our homes give us privacy, comfort and safety from the outside world and from foes. Good walls for sure. But from Donald Trump have come many more walls, both blatant and subtle, and all undesirable.

The first block depicts some of the most respected newspapers that were barred from a press briefing at the White House. President Trump frequently disparages any press that he disagrees with or that disagrees with him. In 1933, Nazi Germany took over all the Jewish newspapers and publications, firing all the Jews running them. The newspapers were then turned into propaganda tools for the Nazis. Walls! A democratic country needs a free press to keep its citizens informed.

The second block attempts to show Trump’s inability to think or talk, factually. From his statements regarding the size of crowds at his inauguration, to lies about voter fraud, to claims that climate change is a hoax – the list is endless. David Brooks said it best in his New York Times article “The Coming Incompetence Crisis” on April 7, 2017 about Donald Trump “– a man whose most impressive wall is the one between himself and evidence.”

The border wall between the United States and Mexico will never be big and beautiful. I have seen it many times, from Texas to Nogales, Arizona, and it is big, dark and ugly. People go over it and tunnel under it. Many are caught, returned to their country of origin and try again and again. Some few are successful, and remain in this country as illegal aliens. The physical wall symbolizes Trump’s walls against Muslims, refugees, LGBT rights, Mexicans, blacks – against anyone who is not rich, white and male.

Many of us have worked too hard to have our lives and our country walled up this way. It serves to make us less powerful, more hateful, more resistant to change or new ideas. I do not want to live with someone else’s walls in this fashion, and will do whatever I have to, to resist them. NO MORE WALLS!

Adeline Mega: Women’s March on Boston Common

On January 21 2017, the day after the inauguration, women took to the streets around the world to voice their opinion of the election. This quilt represents the march that took place in Boston.

I used the Boston Common pattern (squares on point with the same fabric surrounding a central row) for the body of the quilt. The pink circles applied on top symbolize the pink hats worn by many of the women participating in the march.

Sara Mika: Political Power Grab

I once saw a political cartoon with a preppy white man perched on top of a uterus. He was sarcastically saying, “Government should be small and unobtrusive so women don’t feel it in their uteruses.” Well, since it actually feels anything but, I’ve depicted three greedy political man hands fighting tug of war style over a uterus. In the background, I’ve illustrated what I’m coining #rankandfilepussies. Men expect us to fall in line and personify their vision for OUR bodies? Well, we proud pussies have news for them! We truly ARE sewn together with threads of resistance. Rank and file us and they’ll soon find out that we not only have power in numbers, but that we bitches bite. /

Denise Oyama Miller: Gaman

There are many things that make our country an amazing place to live. We have opportunities for success and want everyone to have an equal chance, equal access, and equal rights to these opportunities. We care about the environment and the animals, plants, and people who live in it and want our grandchildren to have clean air and water. We care about our land and save the best places for national parks, forests, grasslands, and coastlines and want everyone to enjoy them. We care about the arts and humanities and want to make our lives richer for this exposure. We care about education and want all of our children to have access to the best education possible at a reasonable price. We care about our healthcare system and realize that access is critical for all, not just a privileged few. We care about other countries and people who are in crisis and want to offer help and support in their time of need. There are many other things that can be added to this list.

Our protests are important and must be made. We may actually make some progress or achieve a minor concession in certain areas. In the meantime, we have to live and survive with an administration that is actively engaged in tearing apart organizations and laws that help us achieve our potential as a country and as individuals. We must resist the denial of science, history, and actual facts during this untenable situation.

Rather than making a piece of art on one area of protest, I choose to make a piece that speaks to how we must cope with this whole situation. “Gaman” is a Japanese word that represents the philosophy of persevering during a difficult time. During World War II, the word Gaman was synonymous with “bearing the unbearable” for the 130,000 Japanese that were imprisoned in concentration camps just for being of Japanese descent, and over 80% of them were American citizens. This included my father, his mother and his siblings; they lost their home, business, and livelihood. Once again, a president is focusing on immigrants as a possible threat to our way of life. Only this time it is the Muslims, Mexicans, and other immigrant groups. “Gaman” applies to the present as well as the past.

Linda Miller: Kindness

Given the ongoing attempts to undermine human rights, as well as ecological and cultural resources, the question was not whether to act, but how to do so. As an artist I choose to voice my concerns through my work by showing what I support. Over the months, the word “kindness” kept bubbling up in my consciousness. It became a gentle reminder to slow down when challenges surfaced. Kindness is needed at this time, for us and for the earth. I stand with kindness.

Linda Miller: Respect

The original basic tenet of the 2017 Women’s March on Washington was Women’s Rights are Human Rights and Human Rights are Women’s Rights. I feel the same could be applied to respect, as all beings deserve equal consideration. May we meet each other with openness and mutual respect.

Carole Mitchell: Making America “Great” Again (DJT-style)

After several failed attempts to write a lucid statement regarding my creation of this piece, I decided that my only option was to summarize my visceral feelings about this “so-called” president. DJT is the antithesis of all my deepest held beliefs as a human-being, woman and US citizen. I still find it incomprehensible that he’s the president of our country. He demonstrates certifiable mental instability; misogyny; bigotry; greed; ignorance; arrogance; sexism; racism; narcissism; bullying; is a compulsive liar; refuses to accept factual information; avoids taking any personal responsibility for his actions; and is a proud “pussy-grabber.” These despicable traits are all wrapped up in one package who somehow managed to be elected president. Alarmingly, he’s in charge of the United States; has control of our nuclear weapons; and has the capability of sending US soldiers into harms way. All I can say is God help the USA!

Susie Monday:Best of Luck with the Wall

The Wall: a big straight structure along a big straight river lives in the imagination of many who advocate its construction. The reality: a tangle of wetlands, essential desert access to water, hundreds of private landowners, thousands of wildlife species, families with property on both sides, sensitive environments and national and state parklands. This piece attempts to capture the chaos. Inspired by Field of Visions’

AnnLouise Mullard Pugh: Sticks and Stones

Bullying and negative speech have grown in seriousness in recent years. Parents belittle their kids and also express their hatred of others. The kids learn to express negativism from their parents, TV, and their friends. They in turn, bully their class mates not only in person but also via texting and other electronic means. In the workplace words are exchanged and emails. Many people feel empowered to say whatever they want, wherever they are. This loss of common decency is making America a less pleasant place. What ever happened to “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything? Unfortunately, words too often lead to violence. Adults need to set a better example.

AnnLouise Mullard Pugh: War and Peace

“There never was a good war or a bad peace.” This quote is from Benjamin Franklin. Ben Franklin is the wise man who made this observation. We may not have fought a declared war since WW II but we have been involved in so many mini wars…police actions… chasing terrorists…and who knows what. I do know that many young men and women have come back dead, injured and/or mentally broken in that long period of time. I do feel there must be a better way. If we cannot solve problems without killing each other, maybe we need to require that members of Congress and the President and his staff must actively serve as well as their children/grandchildren, maybe bringing the horror of war needs to touch those who are so willing to send our military into harm’s way. The piece is a hope that someday soon, the helmets of our service members will be the nesting site for the doves of peace. This piece was originally made in remembrance of 9/11.

Karen Musgrave: Hands Off!

The message I received growing up was that I was less because I was female and that the misogynist acts against me were my fault. Naively I thought the world had changed, because mine did. Unfortunately, this is clearly not true. I am frustrated at how women are continually silenced and how this response, in turn, manages to protect toxic unacceptable behavior. I am saddened to see how much work women still have to do to be considered equal. Michele Obama said it so well, “Strong men, men who are truly role models, don’t need to put women down to make themselves feel powerful.” Isn’t it time for misogyny in all its forms to end?

Joan Nicholson: Words of Wisdom

There is so much mean spiritedness and anger in our country, which I lay at the feet of Donald Trump, who spent his entire presidential campaign spewing forth hatefulness, which has continued into his presidency. I think that Maya Angelou’s words of wisdom, “When someone shows you who they are, believe them," is the perfect answer for Trump’s diatribe, actions and policies. The figure in the quilt uses Trump’s own words and deeds to show who he really is. Perhaps if people in this country see all the meanness he has spread throughout his life, they may see clearly who he has shown himself to be. Maybe we the people will disallow his unprincipled behavior to continue. I don’t believe that the majority of the people in this country favor Trump’s despicable ideology and hate mongering. This is not who we are.

Bobbe Nolan: Guardians

Needlepoint dragons guard our Constitution and Bill of Rights from misinterpretation and political assault. Our Lady of Guadalupe stands watch over the migrants who seek a better life in the North, and by implication, people from everywhere who seek asylum and education in this privileged country. The Lord’s commandments structure our laws. Founders and legislators, journalists and historians keep watch over our freedoms, while the Supreme Court interprets and defends the Constitution for people of all genders and orientations and the National Park Service defends “the best idea America ever had:” our National Parks.

Heidi Parkes: There’s Something Between Us

In recent years, my mother’s politics have shifted, and she has made it clear that she doesn’t want to discuss her politics with my brother or me. This election has been deeply troubling, and has raised ethical questions that I cannot shrug off as, “just politics.” It has created a tangible discomfort in our relationship. This quilt is an attempt to communicate my heartache over this political divide, as expressed in words, artifacts, and abstract mark making. There are seven phrases embroidered and visible with varying levels of ease, articulating a combination of facts and questions. The quilt is made with a curtain that my mom helped me buy, and that she hemmed for me by hand. These stitches are present in testament to my mother’s deep love for me. They remind me of the countless ways that my mother continues to show her love and care for me. There are two curtains layered in the quilt, and the object, “Curtain,” has many powerfully evocative meanings, in reference to seeing clearly, division of public and private, separation, “blinds,” concealment, privacy, etc.…Employing the techniques of layering, hand quilting, and tying knots, the same threads that were used for language now express visually many of the feelings I am unable to articulate in words to my mother and in embroidered text on this quilt. I feel tied up in knots over this misalignment of values and truths; unraveling, invisible, transparent, snarled, confused…

This work was made with the hope that spending time meditatively and in connection with these objects from my mother – that I could find a way back to loving language with her, while simultaneously holding true to and reaffirming my values as an American. It was also made with an awareness that this divide is echoed in many families across the country.

Julie Parrish: Emoluments

Honored de Balzac was a French novelist in the 1800’s who explored the secret of great fortunes without the apparent cause is a crime forgotten. A variant of the phrase was used in “The Oil Barons” in 1971 and at the beginning of “The Godfather” in 1969. The swindles begetting the decades-long ascent of bourgeoisie pale in comparison to the massive blood letting and pillaging that created Russia’s 21st century billionaires, many of whom are tied to Trump and his administration. Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns and the lack of a blind trust for his assets clearly illustrate the need for mandatory federal vetting and divestment of all business interests before any elected official is able to assume office.

Elizabeth Pekins: Blessed

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.

Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Matthew 5:3-10

One of my favorite parts of scripture is The Beatitudes. Shortly after the election and inauguration I began thinking of ideas for a quilt related to this part of the Bible. Several weeks later, this exhibition was announced and my quilt now had a destination, a purpose and an audience. I believe that we live in a blessed country, God has already blessed the USA. By serving others and having a heart of love, I hope to bless both my country and my God. My stitches are my blessing, my voice, my resistance and my prayer. I picked the patriotic colors of red, white and blue using hearts to express my love of my country, service to those in need and my love for God. I created a more traditional nine patch design adding hand stitching, frayed edges and a muted palette as a nod to my ancestors and the history of stitch and fabric in the United States of America.

CathyPerlmutter: The 2016 Circus Tent

During the first part of the 2016 election season, things kept getting stranger among the Republican primary competitors. After the March 3 debate, when candidates taunted each other over the size of their male organs, I thought things couldn’t get crazier. Some of the quotations went onto this piece. When the election was over, I thought it (the piece, and the insanity) was finished, but then evidence began to accrue that Russia not only tried to defeat Hillary Clinton in the general election, but also supported Donald Trump against his Republican primary competitors. So I ripped the binding off the quilt and added Putin to the top, holding the strings. The quilt went from being American flag-shaped, to being shaped like a circus tent. At this point, I think anything is possible in America, and not necessarily in a good way.

Deb Cashatt and Kris Sazaki: What does an American Look Like?

In 1942, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which resulted in the incarceration of Mitsuye Endo and 120,000 other Americans of Japanese ancestry. She became a plaintiff in a lawsuit filed by the ACLU to strike down her incarceration as unconstitutional. Despite governmental offers of an early release, Endo remained in camp in order for the case to make it to the Supreme Court. Her victory led to the release of the prisoners in 1945. Fast forward to 2017 when we have witnessed President Trump sign first Executive Order 13769 and then Executive Order 13780, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” Both orders have been stopped by lower courts, so this “Muslim Ban” has yet to be implemented. This case is making its way to the Supreme Court.

These executive orders may be separated by 75 years but rely on the same fears of “the enemy.” That is why we pose the question, “What does an American look like?” Mitsuye Endo was an American. She was born in Sacramento, California, graduated from high school, and went to work for the California state government until she was fired from her job and incarcerated. So as you look around the room today, can you tell us what an American looks like?"

Sandra Poteet: When Integrity Mattered

At a time of even greater national division, Lincoln’s eloquent words spoke a warning that the real danger to our republic comes from within. His speech reflected a standard of integrity and eloquence that is absent in the current political arena. Lies don’t elevate us.

Janet Pugh: And So They Marched

My quilt depicts some of the women who participated in The Women’s March on Washington on Jan. 21, 2017. Though their motivations and concerns were varied, thousands of marchers that day were protesting the new President’s policies about women’s rights, particularly reproductive rights. During his campaign, Donald Trump had made it clear that overturning Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision which granted women the right to a legal abortion, was a primary goal for him. He would nominate a Supreme Court Justice who would support the reversal. He opposed any federal funding of Planned Parenthood, thus drastically reducing access to affordable health services for women across our nation.

I was there in spirit on January 21. I am that 74-year old woman holding her sign saying, “I can’t believe we’re still marching for the same old sh__!”I marched for ERA in Chicago in 1980 with my 9-year old daughter. I have written letters and made phone calls about women’s issues since the 1970’s. Women have made progress since then, though painfully slowly. The Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 was the first bill signed by President Barack Obama after his inauguration. In contrast, President Trump seems determined to halt the progress, plus reverse and un-do it.

Soon after the Nov. 8 election, plans began to hold a Woman’s March on Washington to protest Trump and his agenda. It was hoped a million women would participate. When the day arrived, an estimated 500,000 filled the streets of Washington. Another 2.8--4 million marched across the nation in more than 35 cities.

The world was watching, but that day it also marched. On all seven continents over 650 documented marches were held, with over 5 million participants. Concerned scientists in Antarctica held up signs. In Japan and Thailand; in Argentina, Chile, and Peru; in Australia and New Zealand; in many European cities; in Calgary and Toronto; and in Ghana, Israel, Georgia, and Macau, people marched in solidarity. 

Why? People were angry about and frightened by Trump’s agenda, so they marched.

Women fear losing their reproductive freedoms, so they marched. People with serious health conditions fear loss of insurance coverage, so they marched. Immigrants fear arrest and deportation, so some marched. Muslims fear barriers, restrictions, and retaliation, so some marched. Some are gravely concerned about the future of our environment, so they marched. People are appalled at Trump’s ignorance, glib statements, lies, Cabinet nominees and un-Presidential behavior, so they marched. The marches were a statement made by millions who are concerned about the impact of a Trump administration.

What will the future bring? This is a question much of the world is asking!

Linda Pustz: Sew It Goes

The fiber of our democracy is being threatened. We have to resist this administration’s efforts to shred our rights, to fight for the things that others have fought for before, to maintain these rights and not to rescind them. Women’s rights, in particular, were a hard fought battle of the suffragettes and the women who followed, which need to be honored.

Barbara Ramsey: Guardian Spirits Emerge

The 2016 election results frightened me. I began to see certain masks, especially those used in West Africa, in a new light. I saw how we can take our fears and use their power to both ignite our protective reflexes and to make fun of that which we fear. “Guardian Spirits Emerge” is one of the things I did with my fears. It is my first overtly political work. So… When your electoral politics fail you, call upon your guardian spirits.

Perspectivus (upper left), guardian spirit of patience. May he remind us that four years does not an eternity make. Hysteria (upper middle), guardian spirit of late night comedy. May she keep us laughing through hard times. Darth (upper right), guardian spirit of the Dark Force. May he forget about our planet entirely and go about his business elsewhere. Predatorisse (lower right), guardian spirit of the food chain. May she keep the fossil fuel industry from consuming our continent. Protestia (lower middle), guardian spirit of civil liberties. May she help us find strength in our solidarity. Lunatorio (lower left), guardian spirit of the mentally ill. May he prevent Mr. Trump from becoming even more bat**** crazy than he already is.

Julie Reuben: All of US

I was in a state of outrage and disbelief when I first saw the call for submissions to the “Threads of Resistance.” I immediately knew I wanted, needed, to make a quilt. I originally thought I would address the issue of immigration. As a daughter of a refugee, I feel passionately about welcoming people in need. I thought of merging the American flag with an earth flag to convey my hope that the U.S. would be open to all people who want to make their home here. I envisioned gold stitches as representing people’s steps across the earth. As I was piecing the flags together, Trump starting used the slogan “America First” in his State of the Union address. The words gnawed at my mind and the meaning of the quilt expanded. As I shared my progress with family and friends, they saw other meanings in the quilt and that motivated me further. I hope this quilt sparks ideas and associations and conversations. This quilt that started as a plea for more open borders and became a protest against the arrogance and the entitlement that I hear in the words “America First". But it also holds my hope for the future: the U.S. embrace its belonging, its dependence and its responsibility to the earth and the all that lives upon it. The gold quilting now reminds me of rays of sun shining through openings in the clouds. They are still are footprints but together our steps form an open tent, big enough to protect and warm all of us.

Mary Ritter: Freedoms4

Freedoms4 reflects my concern that the freedoms we have enjoyed since the United States was formed are being eroded, nay destroyed. Remembering the four freedoms as depicted by Norman Rockwell, I collaged my own freedom illustrations and had them printed on fabric. Embellishments were attached to add emphasis as needed.

Sherri Roberts: Act As If You See Me: A Visual Protest Poem

This visual poem is my prescription against indifference, my plea for tempering isolation in our non-virtual lives: Look up. Notice me. React to me. Don’t filter me out. Ignore me at your own risk. Otherwise, you might be ignoring your future friend, ally, or confidante. Author Sherry Turkle describes my sense of panic excellently; Adults and children alike are “more lonely and distant from one another in their unplugged lives…I am concerned about our losing touch with the realities of our physical surroundings. I am concerned about our losing touch with the kind of solitude that refreshes and restores."

Through my stitched collection of stares these creatures call out their antidote to social disconnection, rail against being treated as invisible, hope to soothe someone.

In order to reverse social isolation, in each panel, a word or phrase from the full sentence shows how we haltingly learn to let people in and to conquer doubt. After that, when we remind ourselves to care, we have a chance to join forces in tackling personal, local, and universal issues together.

Kathryn Robinson: Contrasting Values

We grow up celebrating a variety of ideals and values about equality, respect, truth, education, the US as a melting pot, the beauty of nature, and about justice and fairness for all. We are confronted with a president who assails these principles on an almost daily basis in both word and deed. Resistance is imperative.

Elaine Ross: Respect Existence or Expect Resistance

My real theme is that all lives matter and all lives should be allowed to love and live in peace no matter their race or their sexual orientation/preference. I have chosen the colors of the LGBT pride as a mosaic background and the hands represent the rights intermingling and love of all people everywhere. Love is a universal language – we must not control it for others or deny it for others. The title of the piece is printed on organza - which says it all.

Birgit Ruotsala: Resist All Evil

We are taught from an early age to speak no evil, see no evil, hear no evil. I add tweet no evil. To both sides of the political debate we can honor each other if we resist all forms of evil. Its other name is accountability. I need to be accountable for all I do, as does each person. The humor of seeing these monkeys portray a very profound life skill is profound and yet very difficult to do in every day life with all the debate that permeates our interaction.

Birgit Ruotsala: A Path of One’s Own

With the highly charged political climate that we find ourselves in, sometimes it is best to walk away, end a conversation that is not going anywhere. This piece is done in response to having friends on both sides politically and finding myself in a no win situation where I am not being heard or listened to. So, there are times when I just need to walk away – march to my own beat. Sometimes I feel like it just can’t be possible that I am the only one with “real” answers. So here is a real duck bucking the crown of pretty, animated, fake ducks. Best resistance – go the other way!

Stephanie Ruyle: Nothing would be what it is. Everything would be what it isn’t

Designed in a simple style, this quilt’s message is anything but childish-and on closer inspection everything is “knot” as it seems. As the slow drip of information continues to be discovered, Russian meddling into the bedrock democracy of the United States becomes more apparent. As information is collected and analyzed (often in secret) a dark cloud looms over us all, casting a long shadow. The initials “USA” are made from thousands of french knots, reminiscent of the raised letters of a varsity/collegiate “letter", a symbol of achievement. But these letters are shadowed by another set of letters- both separate and intertwined. As more information becomes apparent the letters become more defined, like a political game of hangman, but with much higher stakes. (Quilt title from Lewis Carroll, “Alice in Wonderland”).

Susan Schlotthauer: If a Man

I first learned of this exhibit on April 14, 2017 and rejoiced at the opportunity to express my outrage and horror at the personality of the man who is now President of the United States. I live in a very small mountain community where voicing my concerns falls on unsympathetic ears. Whether or not my simple quilt is selected, designing and creating it has provided some relief.

Beth Schnellenberger: Compare and Contrast

The Presidential election of 2016 took me (and much of the country) totally by surprise. Since the election, I have felt compelled to do SOMETHING—ANYTHING—to express my “dismay” with the current situation. This quilted flag is the result of my contempt for all things Trump. I can’t think of any common ground between current government policies and my political beliefs. From women’s healthcare issues to environmental regulations – to basic human decency and respect for others, we agree on NOTHING.

I feel like virtually every decision made by the current administration “spits” on what I think the flag stands for. Every time Trump makes some thoughtless tweet, I cringe. I wake up every morning wondering, “What has he done/tweeted now?” The contrast between the thoughtful, intelligent, and important quotes by past Presidents and the thoughtless, infantile, disrespectful quotes and tweets by Trump illustrates the difference between my view of the world and his.

Barbara Schulman: Bullies In Hell

A new government of Bullies. Hell is where they should go, as well as all bullies.

Sara Sharp: Words Can Hurt

This poster calls attention to a recent increase in bullies and bullying in our society as well as online. Insulting words spoken and written by politicians and citizens during the 2017 United States Presidential Election and after were a troubling indication of intent to threaten, harass, humiliate, and spread false stories about people and groups who have less power and status than the speaker. This type of speech foments anger and conflict and damages the self-worth of the weakest and most vulnerable. Such a lack of empathy endangers our history of showing acceptance and kindness to others. All members of our society, young and old, deserve to have leaders who model humility, self-control, and selfless service. All people deserve to be spoken of respectfully and to be treated with generosity and humanity.

Stacy Sheehan-Wilson: Virtue Quilt, Our Higher Selves

After Trump’s election, I feel the pain of disunity in our country. I felt called to remind myself and others of our higher selves, the better versions of ourselves, demonstrated through simple virtues.

Carolyn Skei: The Existential Scream

The anguish reflected in Edvard Munch’s iconic painting “The Scream” never rang truer to me than in the days following the 2016 U.S. election. A man who embodies many of our worst human traits — who openly sneers at women, minorities, worthy opponents, the disabled, the press, international allies, environmental crises, you name it — had been elected president of the United States. At some level I had seen it coming — for I had long experimented artistically with images of talk radio hosts, professional gossips and rabble-rousers, Trump included. As the provocateurs’ voices stirred the pot of resentment and prejudice in our country, I had made prints on paper or fabric using images I had altered digitally. But I had also spent eight years believing that my country was fending off the hate and was headed in the right direction. The impending inauguration found me in a state of despair.

It was just then that millions of women, not just in the U.S., but around the world, found their voices and began in droves to create pink pussy-eared hats and to respond zealously to invitations to take to the streets in resistance. I dared to believe that the strength and hope that inspired my grandmothers’ fight for voting rights and that stirred many of my generation to fight for the Equal Rights Amendment were alive and well among a new generation of women. We had not forgotten the challenge, nor were we ready to give in to those who demean us and deny us equality under the law!

To celebrate the rebirth of women’s activism I made a few Existential Scream artist trading cards (and texted friends interminable groans). I also created a small stitchery that coupled my Trump block print with the Biblical lament “How long, O Lord?” (It sold at a Dallas protest exhibit benefiting a women’s shelter.) Finally, Threads of Resistance gave me the opportunity to pull all those disparate parts together into a larger piece. The pink-hatted screamers were suddenly scattered everywhere across my worktable, establishing a counterpoint against the gossips and loudmouths. My embroidered French knots celebrated that needler’s sign posted after the Jan. 21 Women’s March: “I’m so angry I stitched this just so I could stab something 3,000 times.” I hope this improvisational wall hanging captures the existential screams and fierce determination of many people — of women especially — in this troubled political landscape.

My images of public personalities were drawn from low-resolution pictures readily available via Internet and TV, then manipulated in Photoshop to take on the black and white simplicity of block prints. Regarding questions of copyright infringement, I feel certain the new images fully comply with the fair use and non-competition determinations set forth in the landmark case Kienitz v. Sconnie Nation, LLC, in which a portrait was posterized and otherwise altered for use in political commentary, not designed for market competition with the original.

Priscilla Smith: Ohhh War, We Can’t Stay Mad at You

Ohhhhh War, we know we’ve let you down. You were so enjoying the 12-year war we started in 2002. And especially so after having experienced such a depressing 1990’s decade…with not much bloodshed…not much bombing.…not much carnage.

But then that new president came along in 2008 and committed that he would stop that 2002 war that thrilled you so. It took him awhile…but he finally ended it…well…almost. But fear not…we CAN NOT STAY MAD AT YOU. We need you in our lives. And it looks like with all the new swagger and no thought of any kind of war strategy, we’ll be going back to war real soon. AND you’ll once again be delighted…all those missiles…all those bullets…all those bombs…all those IED’s…all those body bags…all those refugees…you’ll once again be in your element.

Priscilla Smith: Suicide Epidemic

an artist who focuses on “social commentary," my goal is to increase understanding and sensitivity about issues I believe many people prefer not to think about. There is a suicide epidemic in the United States military. One active service member commits suicide every day. And every 80 minutes one veteran kills themselves. These soldiers commit suicide mostly with guns and by hanging. Military culture discourages soldiers from reporting PTSD. No “sissies” allowed here. We refurbish tanks after time in combat. But we do not help men and women exorcise the demons of war.

Ileana Soto: X’s and O’s– Resist, Protest and Protect!

If we formerly took funding for science and the arts for granted, we were in error. They are under attack. The white “X” emphatically reminds us that we must stand firm, protest, march together, speak out, write letters, phone senators, representatives, and people of influence throughout our nation, whether they agree or disagree, that support for real science and for the arts are critical to the survival of our Democracy. There are currently people in power who do not hold these values.

Whether you relate to the X’s and O’s for mathematics, genetics, biology, the health of our planet…or motifs for artistic expression, let’s use this critical time to define the future we want, one of collaboration and alliance, working towards the safety of the planet, all people, all colors, all ethnicities, all nations, represented in this quilt. Together, we can influence the course of history. And, we can all mark the O’s on our voting ballots in 2018 for candidates who see this vision!

Sara Sprung: Stately InfoQuilt

Nov. 9, 2016, midnight: phone call from our 22-year-old daughter distraught, United States has chosen an ignorant racist misogynist as its leader.

1 a.m.: our 19-year-old daughter calls crying “I don’t feel safe.”

Later that morning I see that my teenage son has left his Constitution and American flag forlornly lying on the couch. They were given to him on Election night at the Clinton campaign headquarters in NYC.

Along with my children, I was devastated by this outcome. How can I make sense of this choice? To try to keep sane I knitted. When the pussyhat project was announced I knit 64 pussy hats for the women’s protest march. I even made one for my dog. My local yarn store “Knitty City” became the local nexus of resistance. While knitting there we share our thoughts with local news, international press and the NY Times. We march, we debate next steps, and we call our representatives. Neighbors who had never knitted joined us, to pitch in, to help.

When the call for entries to Threads of Resistance came I knew I had to make something. I am an active fiber artist, over the last 10 years I have focused on knitting crocheting weaving sewing and quilting. Trying to organize my thoughts for this project I realized that data is one frame I put on the world. My interest in data analysis has a long history. After my graduation from MIT, I began work on Wall Street, in 1983 I analyzed hydroelectric investments using the early spreadsheet software, VisiCalc. Throughout the years the spreadsheet has been integral to my work life. By understanding the data maybe I could understand what is happening here. The flag my son brought back from the failed Clinton campaign was glaring at me. My first thought was to sew my own American flag with each star showing the differences among the states. This idea morphed into a quilt with each square representing a state. This quilt’s non-traditional shape reflects an unstable nation pulling apart.

I decided that a traditional quilt square would be the basis of my InfoQuilt. Ironically I selected the “Economy” square. As a minimally experienced quilter it seemed to be something manageable. This project shares data by state. Each triangle represents a topic. The fabric printed Excel border shows the state ranking for each topic.

The triangle color is based upon rankings 1-50. Sources & Data

1-20 Blue

21-30 Grey

31-50 Red

Larger triangle outside ring

Northwest 1 Access to Health Insurance

Northeast 2 Gun Deaths

Southeast 3 Women elected to legislature

Southwest 4 Resources to schools

Smaller triangles inside ring

North 5 Ease of starting tech/science business

East 6 Tax dollars returned to state by Federal government

South 7 Poverty

West 8 Drug Overdose

Square- Presidential Election result

One Observation: “Red” Nevada and New Mexico who elect women as representatives voted for Hilary, even if they have “red” values… Iowa and Nebraska didn’t…

Wendy Starn: Carefully Taught

Hateful political rhetoric has spilled over into daily life. In my work, inflammatory phrases are surrounded with words adapted from the prayer of St. Francis. What do we want our children to learn by example? The edges of each fabric strip are raw, as is the national emotional state.

Wendy Starn: Robbing Retirement To Pay The Mortgage

The economy has recovered since 2008, but policies promoted by the current administration are likely to increase worries about foreclosure, unemployment, and bankruptcy once again. The black line was the Dow Jones Average as it tanked in 2008. Will it stay steady at the expense of the middle class?

Marie Strait: The fabric of our Democracy … unraveling

I worry that the principles stated in our constitution, and having served us well for more than 200 years, are being ignored by people to support the self-serving whims of the few in leader positions.

Alysisa Thach: The American Dream

At first I didn’t know what I would make, but then I thought about what comes to mind when people think of the United States. Many people come to the US because they believe it to be the land of opportunity. While for some that may be true, for many it is not; in America 1 in 6 people receive food stamps. Although this is the current state of our nation, this quilt serves as a reminder to those that are not affected by the current levels of inequality and poverty.

Peggie Thomas: Bu$ine$$ A$ U$ual

The average American has watched income disparity grow at an alarming rate. Families with both parents working, and sometimes with numerous jobs, find it increasingly difficult to provide for those they love. Many find it impossible to claim the American dream of home ownership and some senior citizens on fixed incomes have to make the painful decision between their medicine and food. At the same time, the wealthy accumulate more wealth. Our political system seems to reward our elected officials as many of them go to Washington D.C. and approach or join the top 1%. It’s time for change!

Enter Donald Trump, a self-proclaimed billionaire of questionable ethics and shady business practices. A man who has declared bankruptcy numerous times, failed to honor his contracts with American workers and bragged about not paying taxes while promising voters that he would “Drain the Swamp” and “Make America Great Again." No more business as usual. Donald Trump claimed he wanted “to take care of everybody.”

The first, and probably only, Americans Donald Trump seems interested in taking care of are the very, very rich. As the 45th President of the United States, his Cabinet is the richest in American history. Many of his senior staff are multi-millionaires and billionaires. This group of moneyed men bring with them to Washington D.C., their experience “…from the 1980s generation of leveraged-buyout tacticians, junk bond kings, corporate raiders and vulture capitalists". (Burleigh, Nina. “The Billionaires March on Washington,” Newsweek 14 April 2017: 24-33. Print.) They now oversee departments that regulate the very industries from which their wealth derives.

In observing the tactics of Donald Trump and a Republican-controlled Congress, it is becoming increasingly clear that presently two goals are deregulation and tax overhaul, both of which will allow the 1% to make even more money, often at the peril of the average American, our Country and our world.

This work, Bu$ine$$ A$ U$ual, incorporates many of the words, phrases and symbols associated with Donald Trump and his people, his campaign and his presidency. He did not “Drain the Swamp” but instead is conducting business as usual, amassing money and more money as the top priority regardless of who or what may be hurt in the process. Follow the money to determine who benefits most. The rusted fabrics represent the dark, dirty truths that have been exposed. The metal leaf is the gilt that is superficial and fails to cover his deception.

It’s time for a change!

Dara Tokarz: Culture Wheel

This was a final project for a class I took several years ago on cultural diversity. I began the class thinking proudly that no, I didn’t see the color of people’s skin, and I treated all people equally. I came away from the class a bit shaken, with the beginnings of understanding how subtle bias can be, and what really lay hidden beneath my magnanimous feelings.

The project was to complete a culture wheel, including at least 4 components. I’ve included 8 spokes to represent the entire wheel. The left quadrant is how I identify as a world citizen. I am a citizen of the United States of America. The top is one of the places I lived for a decade, Sedona, AZ, and experienced a great deal of personal growth. The right represents my Eastern European heritage, Czechoslovakia and Romania. And the bottom represents my faith for more than half of my life, Buddhism. As I assembled this hastily for the final presentation, I mistakenly switched the colorful earthy fabric I wished to represent my Eastern European heritage for the red brocade that surrounds Buddhist thangkhas (paintings) and altars. I solved this by adding prayer flags at the bottom, which nowadays find their way into homes and yards of all faiths, not just Buddhists. I kept the mistake because it’s so much of who I am, and a constant reminder to not judge others as harshly as I judge myself. Finally in the center is a place for reflection and a place of centering.

I’d like to say I try to use this concept when I meet a new person – my way of starting to walk a mile in their moccasins. I don’t. But awareness is the first step in making a change, so it’s a start. Instagram sunchaser2626

Bette Troy: Bubble First Bubble,Gum,Burst, Aftermath

It was with shock and regret that I watched the 45th president become. How could people vote for such a hateful, dismissive, reckless character? Did people not watch the debates and interviews? Did people not understand that the 45th had not devoted any part of his life to public service, had repeatedly shown himself to be a racist, mocker of those with disabilities, a tax evader, and a cruel self-centered human being? The party that rallied behind him and the chiding angry mob that followed his rhetoric were clearly more disturbing than anything I had experienced in my life. It made me sad, annoyed, angry and awakened. I am now sensitive to all that is unfair, unjust and ugly. Why don’t others see this? Why can anyone justify supporting this celebrity turned politician at the expense of our rights, education, environment and health?

It makes me feel better – albeit only a little – that there are many who believe as I do. But all the camaraderie in the world will not solve the gum on our shoe problems he is creating for generations to come. Be part of his bubble, follow in line, and you too will walk with all that sticks. His ‘Bubble First’ policies of revenge will stick. Destruction of anything good from past administrations will be the residue. The world’s perception that we too are self-centered, short-term thinkers, will certainly be difficult to peel off over time. His bubble is dismissive like a disobedient, adolescent child. He is flaunting his momentary attention like a popular, entitled schoolboy. Soon it will burst, though. And all will see how empty the air inside his bubble of promises was.

Denny (Denise) Webster: Isle of Dead Amusement Parks: Post – Trump USA

A parody of Arnold Bocklin’s “Isle of the Dead", this version illustrates the demise of the United States in the eyes of the world. To many in other countries a visit to Disneyworld seems the epitome of the American Dream. The poverty, racism, sexism, and other realities of our “isle” have only now become apparent to the outside world, as we devolve from the attempt at democracy into a kleptocracy on the verge of fascism.

Mayann Weinberg: Torn

Men and women should make the same amount of money for doing the same job. It is important to take a stand. The constant devaluation of women in the work place is widespread. This is something I have personally experienced.

It is imperative we work together for what we believe in. We have strength united. Taking an action to thwart violations of our rights is necessary. It starts with the seemingly smallest step by exercising our right (obligation) to vote. There is too much complacency in Middle America. Stand up for your rights. God helps those that help themselves. No mysteries. Get up stand up for your rights. Don’t be torn.

Julie Weinstein and Fran Sharp: Fill 1,000 Seats

Shortly after the presidential election in 2016, we read that Democrats lost more than 1,000 legislative seats between 2008 and 2016: 11 governorships, 13 senate seats, 69 house seats, and 913 state legislative seats. We’ve since learned that those numbers are slightly exaggerated and that every president’s party loses seats during the term. But we were shocked at the numbers and the implications of these losses. We also realized that getting democrats elected at all levels would be a positive focus for our anger, fear and disgust at the new administration. Not instead of demonstrations, letters, petitions and phone calls, but in addition to those actions.

This quilt focuses on the idea that we need to fill 1,000 legislative seats with progressive democrats at every level of government to restore decency and sanity to the nation. There may not be exactly 1,000 chairs on the quilt, but we came close to that number in the custom-designed and printed wallpaper fabric. Our ideas and hopes about the current political and electoral situation make up the words on the custom-designed and printed floor fabric.

Please vote, participate, and work to fill legislative seats. It will take all of us to get this done. It will take time, but we can do it.

Allison Wilbur: The White House on Red Square

The Russians used many tactics to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Not only did they hack DNC emails and distribute them through wikileaks, they also paid Eastern European hackers to troll Hillary Clinton and flood social media with false reports (fake news!). Why? Perhaps because Secretary of State Clinton proved herself a formidable opponent and check to Russian power and they did not want her to become president. What attracted them to Donald Trump? Was he seen as malleable? Soft on or even favorable to the authoritarian style of Putin? Why did so many of Trump’s campaign staff and inner circle have ties to Russia – Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn, Carter Page, Roger Stone, Rex Tillerson, Jared Kushner and possibly many others? What business connections are there with Trump Enterprises and how might these affect his decision making? Why are Congressional Republicans so willing to turn a blind eye to this significant intrusion into our governing processes? How can one be a true patriot and yet be willing to let another country get away with influencing our democratic process? There are just too many unanswered questions.

S. Laverrn Wilson: Different Colors Different Shapes We Too Are America

I find current attitudes towards differences frustrating and scary. The validation that it’s ok to express hate and bullying is not acceptable to me. “We Too Are America” expresses how we are connected and interdependent.

Martha Wolfe: Privileged Times

“Privilege is when you think something is not a problem because it’s not a problem to you personally.” – David Gaider

I’ve thought a lot about privilege since the new administration took office. Throughout our lives, we benefit from a variety of privileges we have nothing to do with obtaining and make assumptions about the world based on that experience. With the best intentions, we rally for equality without truly feeling the anxious existence “others” live on a daily basis. Watching how privilege is being used to cultivate prejudice and discrimination, subtle and blatant, makes these issues problems for everyone.

Ellen Wong: We Contribute to America

The United States benefits from being a melting pot of immigrants from the world over. Each immigrant group contributes to the rich fabric that is America. Yet those of us of color feel less than welcomed. Currently the xenophobic rhetoric coming from our head of state directs blame onto immigrants and portrays us in an unflattering light. The President sets a powerful but poor example as the moral compass for the nation. He has given permission for others to follow suit, others who feel free to let loose their own vitriol.

Thus racism and prejudice surfaces again. We suffer taunts to “go back where you came from.” We are devalued, maligned, vilified and demonized. Since we cannot hide our ethnicity; we feel exposed, targeted, and vulnerable. Not only are immigrants experiencing anxiety, citizens of color feel susceptible, too. In the not-so-ancient history of the United States, we have been excluded, interned, and denied our rights. We are questioned about our loyalty, subject to suspicions and often painted as villains. We have even categorized as subpar beings not worthy of education or better treatment. Today select immigrants are targets of the POTUS’ rhetoric. Watch out! Tomorrow the tide could easily turn against another group – maybe even turn against you. Let us stop this blame game, this hatred and divisiveness. Let us celebrate our diversity, share what we each bring to the table, and broaden our own little worlds.

Notes: Though the ideograms say “we” in Chinese, the “we” is inclusive of all immigrants and persons of color. My parents were immigrants from China. I was born in the U.S.A. and have experienced racism and prejudice.

Diane Wright: Surreal – The New Real

This call to entry spoke to me. It was a very timely outlet for my frustration, anger, disappointment, feelings of helplessness and resulting depression. Thanks for providing a healing opportunity.

Jana Zimmer: Knitted Together

This piece is a collaboration between friends Anna Walden and Jana Zimmer who have known each other since the first day of college (1963)- marched together for civil rights, against the Vietnam war, for women’s rights. Anna was born in San Diego; Jana in Prague, Czech Republic, daughter of Holocaust survivors. Anna always sewed. Jana’s mother Klara taught Anna to knit, and she has made that a basis of her art form. Jana makes visual art related to the themes of exile, memory and responsibility. Trumpism represents the loss of every decent thing we have worked for our entire lives. Jana’s images represent the issues that have dominated the last 100 days: racism, anti-semitism, sexism, climate denial, past and present. We have to take these issues on, again, in art and in life, for our grandchildren. Anna has knitted them together, as described below.