For Episode 33 I hit the road to DeKalb, IL to check out the “Quilts and Human Rights” exhibit at Northern Illinois University’s Pick Museum of Anthropology.
“Quilts and Human Rights” includes more than 50 quilts centered around themes of social justice from all over the world. These quilts were powerful, relevant and at times uncomfortable to look at while touching on important issues such as civil rights, sexual assault, immigration, race relations, apartheid and more.
Real quick before we get into some really important topics in the quilting world and in society today. We have a special coupon code for this episode so listeners can save 25 percent on any single regular priced item at shop.quiltaddictsanonymous.com. Just enter SEW33 at checkout to save. The coupon code is good through Oct. 18, 2017.
Laura McDowell Hopper, textile curator
Back for her third appearance on the Sit & Sew Radio podcast is Laura McDowell Hopper. She is a curator at the Pick Museum by day and a quilt blogger at SonicStitchesQuilts.com by night. Laura takes Stephanie through the exhibit as they discuss their favorites and most eye-opening pieces on display.
With the visual element of this podcast so compelling, we decided to do an extended version of the podcast on YouTube so our listeners can look at pictures as Stephanie and Laura discuss the quilts and their meaning in detail. You also will get an extra 19 minutes of content that just wouldn’t fit in an hour long podcast episode.
Following the interview, listen to an excerpt from a speech given by Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. at the opening of the exhibit as he discusses his personal connection with quilts and their social relevance.
Check out our previous episodes featuring Laura!