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Everyday Everyday
Margaret Abramshe   •   Saint George, Utah, USA More Info
Everyday began with a photograph of my father and his brother a little more than 100 years ago dressed up as rough riders. Blocks of text are current black and white statistics of the outcomes of gun violence for children under the age of 19. Everyday gun violence is a tragedy. How long will it take for our country to commit to seriously addressing this obvious problem?
Outline on Asphalt Outline on Asphalt
B. J. Adams   •   Washington, D.C., USA More Info
On a dirty asphalt street is the chalk outline of a body, and all around it are the holes left by bullets. People in other countries think, "America means guns." The point of a gun bleeds over the word 'America.' The written words state the obvious, "If guns made us safe, then America would be the safest country in the world."
March-on Trayvon March-on Trayvon
Karen Balos   •   Oakland, California, USA More Info
Trayvon Martin, an unarmed, black teen was shot and killed by Neighborhood Watch Coordinator George Zimmerman on Feb 26, 2012. He said he was following Trayvon because he looked suspicious and didn't belong in the gated community where Trayvon was visiting his relatives.  Some call this racial profiling. Do you? Zimmerman pleaded self-defense and was acquitted, due in ▶
Remembering Trayvon Remembering Trayvon
Alice Beasley   •  Oakland, California, USA More Info
Armed with a handgun and Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law, George Zimmerman stalked and killed unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin. Although a jury found Zimmerman not guilty, one wonders what the verdict would have been if the situation had been reversed and Trayvon had stalked and killed an unarmed Zimmerman with a gun. In my opinion, Stand Your Ground laws exacerbate ▶
Dulce et Decorum Est Dulce et Decorum Est
Charlotte Bird   •   San Diego, California, USA More Info
War demands and employs any tribe's highest technology of violence. From the matchlocks of the 1400s to the Kalashnikov, guns define Western warfare. Even fantasy weapons of science fiction are guns that shoot energy instead of bullets. "Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori" is our seduction song to our young subtribes of mostly men, their moral values imperfectly formed ▶
137 Bullets 137 Bullets
Diane K. Bird   •  Chardon, Ohio, USA More Info
Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams lost their lives on November 29, 2012. Russell sped away from a Cleveland police officer who had attempted to pull him over for a traffic violation. The ensuing chase ended in a school parking lot, where police officers shot 137 bullets at the pair trapped in the car. They claimed gunfire emanated from the car, but no gun was ever found. ▶
Tribute to Selena and Other Victims of Gun Violence Tribute to Selena and Other Victims of Gun Violence
Sharon Buck   •   Okeechobee, Florida, USA More Info
Thousands die every year from gun violence. More and more we see massacres of people that the shooter does not even know. Why? I don't hate guns, I just hate the situation we have now in this country. I don't have a solution. How do we stop madmen, or monitor crimes of passion, opportunity, or pre-meditation? The misty white overlay represents death's shroud; the red, the ▶
Quilted Reimagined American Flag Series III: Don't Lives Matter? Quilted Reimagined American Flag Series III: Don't Lives Matter?
Kelly Burke   •   Princeton, New Jersey, USA More Info
This version of the U.S. flag addresses the terrible cost and loss of lives due to gun violence. The alternating orange and yellow stripes indicate safety and caution. The 50 shades of red stars represent pain, suffering, and grief, as well as anger, rage, and despair. One bullet begins the sequence in the upper left corner, and three bullets form an ellipsis at the end, ▶
Reclaim Reload Rejoice    The Perfect Game    2 atlow 8 Reclaim Reload Rejoice The Perfect Game 2 atlow 8
Gloria Daly   •  Duncan, British Columbia, Canada More Info
As a woman living in British Columbia, Canada, I have hunted for food to feed my family. As a sportswoman, I have enjoyed competing internationally at skeet shooting. As an artist, I have used animal hide, bones, antlers, and bird feathers in my artwork. Do I think guns can be dangerous? YES. Do I think they should be registered? YES. Education and old-fashioned common ▶
Using the Power of Art to Prevent Gun Violence Using the Power of Art to Prevent Gun Violence
Cathy DeForest   •  Ashland, Oregon, USA More Info
Growing up with gun violence is a reality for many of the eighth-grade students at Lighthouse Community Charter School in Oakland, California. Their stories are gritty, frightening, and all too common. In this video, students share their stories through the power of art and inclusive dialogue in the hopes of making their own communities safer. Take a few minutes now to ▶
Hand Gun Hand Gun
Alisa Golden   •  Berkeley, California, USA More Info
In this piece I captured true gun stories from three disparate views. The conversation opens with hand-embroidered text in black and white and the repeating image of a gun-or is it? Different colors, positive and negative images of my hand, fingers curled, the theme, variations and composition are a nod to Wallace Berman's 1960s Verifax collages. When is it good? When is it ▶
Mending Gold: When Will it be Enough? Mending Gold: When Will it be Enough?
Brooks Harris-Stevens   •   Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA More Info
The custom fabric design and whole cloth hand stitching technique connect to the types of quilts that were created when the Second Amendment was written. Sharp contrast is given between the types of guns that were used during the late 1700s and the guns used in today's mass shootings. The lives that are lost don't seem to change our broken government's "leaders". Common ▶
Fifty Eight Fifty Eight
Lisa Jenni   •  Redmond, Washington, USA More Info
Patriotism has very little to do with the Second Amendment. Nevertheless, it gets mixed into the discussion about guns all the time. How many lost lives are enough to move the needle?  
American Opportunity American Opportunity
Jill Kerttula   •  Charlottesville, Virginia, USA More Info
This piece is a meditation to the victims of the Las Vegas shooting. Over 500 burned and numbered holes represent the victims, with Xs standing for the 58 people who died. The stitching represents the chaotic paths of the crowd, and the red fabric showing through the holes is the blood. It took me longer to do the burning, stitching, and numbering than it took the shooter ▶
Ma and Pa Get Radicalized in Oregon Ma and Pa Get Radicalized in Oregon
Sheryl LeBlanc   •  Eugene, Oregon, USA More Info
My experience of Oregon practicing a fairly "Live and Let Live" attitude was abruptly shaken by the 41-day occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in 2015. I questioned how remote, public access wetlands could possibly morph overnight into a hostile site of gun-wielding, angry protesters. Previous verbal dissatisfaction had escalated into a show of force and an ▶
The New American Crucifix The New American Crucifix
Nancy Lemke   •  Bonita, California, USA More Info
I used to be vehemently anti-gun until I met fine people who were hunters. Clearly, gun ownership and the laws that control their use are not simple issues. However, after the shootings of children at Sandy Hook Elementary School, I expected significant changes in gun control laws. I was dumbfounded when attempts to tighten these laws could not pass Congress. For this ▶
Ready, Aim, Fire! Ready, Aim, Fire!
Susan Lenz   •  Columbia, South Carolina, USA More Info
When seeking solutions to any difficult societal conversation, one must be prepared, focused, and forthright. In other words, "Ready, Aim, Fire!"
America's Heartland America's Heartland
Michele Makinen   •  Chicago, Illinois, USA More Info
The whole concept for this quilt came to me soon after the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, in December, 2012. The black piping and gray/black behind the stars is intended to create a somber mood, while the appliquéd handgun completes the message. It is very tragic that gun violence in the United States occurs so often that the message in this quilt has no chance ▶
The Madness of Men - La Folie des Hommes The Madness of Men - La Folie des Hommes
Elizabeth Michellod-Dutheil   •  Le Ch‚ble, Valais, Switzerland More Info
War, desolation, bombings, and destruction are the focus in this work, which is a cry against the madness of men.
Empty Chairs at Dinner Tables Empty Chairs at Dinner Tables
Joan Nicholson   •  Lenexa, Kansas, USA More Info
When I hear of another death by gun violence, I think of the family of the victim. They will forever live without a loved one because people in the United States have an unhealthy relationship with guns. No more holidays, birthdays, or even everyday dinners without a reminder of their loss. We can do better. Change will only occur if we all force Congress to make reasonable ▶
Where Do You Keep Yours? Where Do You Keep Yours?
Claire Passmore   •  Plymouth, Devon, United Kingdom More Info
Do you live in one of the over 300 million households that has a gun? Day in, day out, kids are killed or injured because adult gun owners leave their weapons where kids can find them. I have chosen to tell the story from the viewpoint of a 4-year-old, depicting the shocking reality of what can tragically happen when kids find guns. If you know someone who is way too ▶
End Gun Violence End Gun Violence
Kathryn Pellman   •  Los Angeles, California, USA More Info
Shooting people should not be an American sport. Coincidentally, I was looking online for fabric with gun imagery Sunday evening, October 1st, shortly before the shooting in Las Vegas, and ordered my fabric on Monday. I think the statistics say it all - 11,000 people die from gun violence in America each year.
This is Not the Time to Talk About Gun Control This is Not the Time to Talk About Gun Control
Shawn Quinlan   •   Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA More Info
It seems that after every major mass shooting event there is a politician or someone from the NRA saying, "This is not the time to talk about gun control." So when is it time?
Body Count Body Count
Martha Ressler   •  Hamburg, Pennsylvania, USA More Info
I think I had been watching too many Game of Thrones episodes when I noticed all of the discarded action figures at the flea market. Shot, chopped, killed, mutilated-or just abandoned. They reminded me of our hearts hardened to violence.
Without Gun Control Without Gun Control
Pamela Rocco   •  Santa Cruz, California, USA More Info
The children in the first-grade class where I volunteered were practicing "Code Blue," a school-wide shutdown in the event that a shooter entered the school. The teacher and I locked doors, piled furniture in front of them, and closed blinds. Then we crouched on the floor with the children in a corner of the classroom without speaking for 15 minutes. Even though they knew ▶
Hairline Trigger: P is for Play Hairline Trigger: P is for Play
Sara Rockinger   •  Lafayette, Colorado, USA More Info
With daily reports of gun-related violence in the news, raising a child in the world today is a daunting task. Boys are particularly susceptible, and socially conditioned, to gun usage. Toy guns have been a hotly debated issue in our home; one that feels like an attempt to hold back the tide. Antique linens suggest a history of women and mothers. The thread that depicts ▶
Unraveling the Second: An Existential Conversation Unraveling the Second: An Existential Conversation
Lee Fowler Schwimmer   •  San Diego, California, USA More Info
Gun ownership rights advocates believe that firearms can mean the difference between LIFE and DEATH in circumstances such as violent assault, home invasion, or unfettered, abusive acts of governmental power. Advocates of gun control, or those who dream of disarming all of society, believe these actions can mean the difference between LIFE and DEATH, pointing to general gun ▶
America's Religion America's Religion
Jill Sheehan   •  Woodbridge, Virginia, USA More Info
This quilt has been on my mind for a long time, especially as mass shootings have become more common. The 34 coffins represent the 34,000 people killed by guns in homicides, suicides, and accidents each year. The three guns forming the cross are samples of the most popular non-hunting guns in America. We need to address the worship of guns as sacred, and find a way to once ▶
Particularly American Horror Particularly American Horror
Carolyn Skei   •  McKinney, Texas, USA More Info
The 2017 gun rampage in Las Vegas was a "particularly American horror" that took the lives of 58 victims and left countless others scarred both physically and emotionally. As I followed the news, I recorded the words of journalists and commentators. The name for the quilt came when I realized I had blocked the reporter's word "horror" and had printed "particularly American ▶
Every Other Day ... Every Other Day ...
Jennifer Solon   •  Perrysburg, Ohio, USA More Info
Did you know that a child is killed by accidental gunfire in the United States about every other day? This does not include murders or suicides, just unintentional shootings. Many cases involve children (especially 3 and 4-year-olds) finding unsecured guns in the home and accidentally shooting themselves or another child. With proper gun storage, these tragedies could have ▶
Suffer The Little Children Suffer The Little Children
Jean Sredl   •  Shawano, Wisconsin, USA More Info
This quilt is dedicated to the 30 children accidently killed by gun violence from January 1, 2014, to June 30, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.* The juxtaposition of the projects against the iconic Chicago buildings suggests tolerance and indifference. Special thanks to the children who donated their hand prints. *Associated Press 10/14/2016
(White) Silence is Violence (White) Silence is Violence
Mary Vaneecke   •  Tucson, Arizona, USA More Info
The title of my piece is a phrase that grew out of the Black Lives Matter movement. The notion is complex. At its heart is the idea that white people cannot ignore the behavior of police officers against African Americans without being complicit in that behavior. My goal was to illustrate this complexity in a modern minimalist style with converging quilt lines along a ▶
One Pulse One Pulse
Sabrina Zarco   •  Pecos, New Mexico, USA More Info
Many of us who are LGBT lose family the minute we begin to openly accept ourselves. We seek refuge in the welcoming, supportive safe space of an LGBT nightclub. There we dance, laugh, cry, and support one another. That safe space was violated on June 12, 2016 at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. A gunman entered, taking 49 lives and injuring more than 50. We as a ▶


 

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