ADVOCACY PROJECT – Advocacy Project Online Auction
Auction Ends: Jun 28, 2020 11:59 PM EDT


In the Fields

Item Number
Estimated Value
$300 USD
$705 USD to mg18f5258
Number of Bids
50  -  Bid History

Item Description

Embroidered cotton, improvisational piecing, machine quilting

38" High x 40" Wide

Quilter | Diane Clapes

This block was embroidered by a survivor of gender-based violence in the African Country of Mali. It describes life in her village before she was attacked and expelled during conflict.

The block was turned into a quilt by Diane Clapes in Georgia. Diane felt a sense of solidarity with her Malian sister after spotting her in a group photo. ?It helps to see the person who inspired you,? says Diane. ?I thought of her experience while making my quilt and wanted to honor her.?

Before designing her quilt, Diane researched Mali and concluded that the land was
mostly dry, brown and dusty. She was also influenced by Malian pottery and
interesting rock formations. The large hill in her quilt is modeled on the Bandiagara escarpment in central Mali. 

Diane wanted to integrate her design and the Malian block so completely that a
viewer could not tell where one ends and the other begins. Hoping to place her
Malian sister firmly in the fields, she used mono-printing to replicate the original
designs (grasses and goats) and copied them into her quilt to expand the areas
under cultivation. Diana used African fabric from her mother for the backing and
added a trim that resembles grass.

All proceeds from this auction will be invested in a quilting project for GBV survivors in Mali. To donate visit our home page -

Donated By:

Diane Clapes

Diane Clapes