Press, Partners, Projects
Here are links to some of PeaceQuilts' press, partners, projects and promoters. We've been very fortunate to work cooperatively with some wonderful organizations, museums, businesses and had some great coverage in the press and magazines.
'Bel Peyizan Lakay' by Denise Estavat of PeaceQuilts Peace Cooperative is part of the Michigan State University Museum collection. Founded in 1857, the museum has comprehensive natural science collections and the university's most extensive and diverse cultural collections. These collections are used for research, education, exhibition, outreach and engagement projects. It is Michigan's first Smithsonian Institution affiliate.
Quilts and Human Rights (2016 by Marsha MacDowell, Beth Donaldson, Mary Worrall, Lynne Swansonl with foreword by Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation NPC)
Quilts and Human Rights offers a new understanding of the history of global human rights as seen through textiles of awareness and activism. Of all the textile forms linked to human rights activities, one form - the quilt - has proved an especially potent and popular form for individuals, working alone or as part of organized groups, to subversively or overtly act for human rights. One of the quilts featured is 'Bel Peyizan Lakay' by Denise Estavat of PeaceQuilts' Peace Cooperative in Lilavois, Haiti.
For more than 20 years, the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) has been a comprehensive source of information for those wanting to educate themselves and help others on the many issues related to domestic violence. International Women's Day is a global day of recognition and celebration, marking the achievements of women and inspiring action to achieve greater gender equality and justice. The NRCDV celebrates International Women's Day each year by commissioning or purchasing a piece of artwork made by a woman or a collective of women that honors the struggles and successes that we face. In 2012 the Center purchased 'Bel Panye Ak Fwi d'Haiti' (Beautiful Basket of Fruit from Haiti) by PeaceQuilts' Solidarity Cooperative.
Andover Fabrics has been a longtime supporter of PeaceQuilts. Their beautiful fabrics, preferred by quilters and textile artists, are incorporated into many of the hand-stitched products made by PeaceQuilts women in Haiti.
PeaceQuilts has partnered with Bo Twal, a wonderful organization which provides lovely, soft, handmade cloth dolls to children in developing countries. Needleworkers within the children's country are paid to sew the dolls and distribute them to the boys and girls. The program provides comfort to the children as well as income to the needleworkers. Funds to pay the doll makers are raised through the sale of doll patterns and kits.
A selection of PeaceQuilts beautiful folk art quilts are represented online and in-store by Black Mountain Quilts. In business since 2006, Black Mountain Quilts is located in the center of the historic and charming town of Black Mountain, North Carolina. The town of Black Mountain is known for its picturesque views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and offers and exceptional shopping experience for both residents and tourists.
Art Matènwa is creating economic stability for a community of women artisans in Matènwa, Haiti who produce beautiful hand-painted silk scarves, prints, embroidery and other products. When PeaceQuilts began in 2006, the work of these talented artisans was an inspiration to the women of PeaceQuilts as they began to develop their own artistic talents. Check out their online shop!