IS THAT... AN 8-POINT SAWTOOTHED QUILT STAR FOR YOUR LOGO?
I am a Mother, I am an Activist, I am a Seamstress...
This is why I believe in
Doing Things Differently.
Quilts are the embodiment of practical resourcefulness, craft, ingenuity, and the care and comfort of home. Women have been quilting as a form of self-expression and patriotism since the American Revolution, as it was one of the only socially acceptable creative outlets available to them. Feminist groups such as suffragettes used quilts to promote political action, and third-wave feminists coined the term "Craftivism" to connect communities through creative, thoughtful, and meaningful work. "Because Activism is done by individuals, not machines," just like quilting.
Stitch by stitch, quilts and activists alike provide protection, warmth, and comfort through compassion and creative solutions.
As a very tall middle school girl with pants that were never long enough, I learned how to sew my slacks. I was sure to tailor them precisely to fit my waist and my height with deep cuffs to let out as I got taller. I then taught myself how to make costumes for our high school drama productions, learned to sew my own home decor. Eventually, after years of training under a Master Seamstress, I had the opportunity to teach Design and Textiles in graduate school, I now have my own business as a contracted seamstress, helping others feel good in their clothes.
The Quilted Star is emblematic of my campaign because the way things ARE could be different - just because something always has been does not mean it has to be.
This star is a guiding light for me. It is a reminder that caring for ourselves, that caring for our environment, for our families and loved ones is my ultimate priority. That I need to remain true to myself and continue to push forward for what I believe in. That bringing a sense of comfort and safety to my community is paramount. And, it's a reminder that if I try hard enough, and with a little bit of ingenuity, I can create something different and beautiful.