Stitch by Stitch: Activist Quilts from the Social Justice Sewing Academy
Founded in 2016, the Social Justice Sewing Academy (SJSA) is a youth education arts program that combines art with activism and encourages young people to amplify their voices through craft. Quilts from SJSA have been showcased in exhibitions across the United States, and Fuller Craft Museum is proud to host a selection of these magnificent works, quilts of both aesthetic fascination and powerful content—reflecting the recent rise of craftivism and the current state of fiber art in the U.S.
Using fiber arts as a vehicle for personal transformation and community cohesion, SJSA supports youth as agents of social change within the longstanding tradition of craftivist endeavors—early U.S. flags, wartime knitting circles, Civil Rights protest banners, the AIDS Memorial quilt, among others. SJSA actively promotes dialogue through the lens of contemporary craft and empowers participants to become civically engaged artists who actively confront pressing issues in their lives and in their communities.
Stitch by Stitch: Activist Quilts from the Social Justice Sewing Academy presents the collective work amassed over 4 years of relentless dedication, which included over 200 workshops, roughly 3,000 hours of embroidering from over 1,000 volunteers around the world, and an astounding 1,700 hours dedicated to piecing, pattern design, long arm quilting, and binding. The fourteen quilts on display at Fuller Craft stand together as a powerful collection highlighting the social justice issues impacting young people in marginalized communities.