Presentation by the 2024 Ardis James QSOS Scholars, presented by Quilt Alliance

Online Event
2-3pm EDT (GMT/UTC -4)
Presentation by the 2024 Ardis James QSOS Scholars, presented by Quilt Alliance

Ashley Jane Lewis, Carey Flack, and Stephanie Dyke will present educational and creative projects that use the Quilters’ Save Our Stories archive of more than 1,200 recorded oral histories with quiltmakers. 

Ashley Jane Lewis and Carey Flack of Technologies of Black Care Collective will talk about MEMORY PATTERN, a collaborative 4-week quilting project in tribute to Black textile communities of the past, present, and future. Facilitated by artist, archivist, and speculative design duo Lewis and Flack, thirty selected participants met weekly on Zoom to co-create a cross-national quilt while ruminating on the oral and written history of Daughters of Dorcas, the oldest Black quilt guild in North America. MEMORY PATTERN drew especially on excerpts from the 2002 QSOS interview with Viola Canady. 

Stephanie Dyke’s project dovetails with her recent work studying Dr. William Rush Dunton Jr.’s quilt collection, and use of handcraft as occupational therapy for his mentally ill patients in the early- and mid-1900s. She will share a 3-dimensional, multimedia, quilted piece which utilizes snippets of the QSOS interviews, as well as other collected interviews. The goal of the artwork and its accompanying media is to highlight the effectiveness of handwork in managing mental and emotional health, as well as educating and inspiring current and future needleworkers. Stephanie’s project uses QSOS excerpts focused on how quilting helps interviewees through difficult times, such as illness or grief.

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