Karen Swiech, Ashland, MA

Karen Swiech, Ashland, MA

Created by Karen Swiech, Ashland, MA

Title: We are all connected.

Theme: Personal connection to Immigration

Materials and techniques: Cotton fabric, batting and textile paint. Cold wax resist for the stars. Thread for the quilting, which explains how I chose people to include.

About: When thinking about a personal connection to immigration, I thought about where I was born and grew up and how we had a pretty big variety of ethnicities that no one thought about – we were all just friends. So I thought about people I’ve known throughout my life and where their families came from, asked people in my various circles about their families ethnicities and wrote the information onto my cloth. Each square belongs to a person, and the ethnicities of their grandparents are written into the corners. Then I painted it to be our flag, because we people are what makes the USA. There are only 48 stars because that’s the flag I was born under.

Karen Swiech, Ashland, MA