Social Justice Sewing Academy

2018-02-25-PHOTO-00000705Check out the inspirational work of the American Social Justice Sewing Academy. From their website:

SJSA empowers young people to use sewing to express themselves and create opportunities for growth and change.

Work made by members of the Academy addresses social justice issues in the United States, such as racism and police brutality. Some of the quilts are challenging, some commemorative; many are both. The quilt above is called ‘Say Their Names’ and commemorates victims of police violence.

Have a look at the work on their website. 

You can follow them on Instagram here.

It would be amazing to get a similar project going in the UK – in last year’s Festival of Quilts, Youngish Quilters addressed topics such as book burning by the Nazis and a take on Martin Luther King’s famous ‘I have a dream’ speech, and the Festival also featured quilts on current issues like Brexit.

Thanks to Deb McGuire for the suggestion.

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