We, the Heritage Quilters, are a community of women and men from Warren and Vance County, North Carolina. In addition to quilting, we are teachers, community leaders and organizers, medical staff, poets, healers, pastors, artists, organizers, engineers, mental health care workers, and writers. We are mothers, fathers, grandparents, aunts, and uncles.
In these times of uncertainty and crises, we need to look inward and reflect on our values and contributions to humanity, and particularly valuing the lives of Black and Brown people.
The arts are especially important as a form of creative expression and healing. For a thriving and healthy community, the Heritage Quilters encourage voting, completing the census, addressing food insecurity, and promoting dialogue.
We decided to kick-off National Quilting Month with one of our favorite quilters, FAITH RINGGOLD
Faith Ringgold (October 8, 1930 – New York City) is a painter, writer, activist, mixed media sculptor and performance artist, best known for her narrative quilts. Ringgold’s artistic practice is extremely broad and diverse, and includes media from painting to quilts, from sculptures and performance art to children’s books. As an educator, she taught in the New York City Public school system and at the college level. In 1973, she quit teaching public school to devote herself to creating art full-time.
We are deeply humbled and grateful for the steady flow of love and support from everyone who attended our STAY WOKE quilt show.
When it was suggested by one of our quilters to depict social justice issues through the quilting arts, we knew (or at least hoped) the works would transcend beyond fabric and thread.
We wanted to start a discussion. And we did.
When quilt and art enthusiasts crossed the threshold of the Aaron Hendrick house, a historic landmark in Warren County, NC, they were exposed to imagery, some symbolic, some literal, but all meaningful.
Several attendees wanted to know more about the quilts, a step beyond the description cards placed beside them. We graciously obliged.
Thank you to all the town, county, and state officials and everyone who attended our quilt show.
Not simply a trending topic on social media or a hit song by Childish Gambino, to be “WOKE” means to become and maintain an awareness of social, identity, and racial injustices plaguing society.
This year, the Heritage Quilters are intertwining this message with intricately selected fabric for our upcoming quilt show, STAY WOKE.
HERITAGE QUILTERS HIGHLIGHT SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUES IN UPCOMING QUILT EXHIBITION,
This year’s show
features quilts made by members of Warrenton’s Heritage Quilters and Durham’s African
American Quilt Circle, encompassing social justice issues intricately depicted
(WARRENTON, NC – May 20,
2019) The passion for quilt-making thrives among the Heritage Quilters, a group
of women and men from Warren and Vance counties. Continuing to reflect
the quilters’ enthusiasm for the art form, this year’s show, STAY WOKE depicts
social justice issues intertwined within various textiles. In conjunction with
Public Art Day, the show will open Saturday, June 1, 2019, 10am-4pm at the
Historic Aaron Hendrick House at 105 South Front Street in Warrenton, NC.
“Quilts have always told
stories,” Jereann King Johnson commenting about the quilt show’s theme.
“Contemporary quilters capture in their works current events and stories
relevant to their times.”
Also, the Heritage
Quilters will incorporate quilts from the African American Quilting Circle of
Durham, NC as well as a special addition by the art students of Northwest
Collegiate and Technical Academy in Littleton, NC.