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


Food Needed for Life

Item Number
Estimated Value
$300 USD
$155 USD to gm1b90a93
Number of Bids
12  -  Bid History

Item Description

Embroidered cotton, applique, hand quilting

26" Wide x 27" High

Quilter | Barbara Eisenstein

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 Barbara Eisenstein in Maryland. Barbara contributed to an earlier advocacy quilt from Mali for The Advocacy Project and was pleased to get re-acquainted with the Malian artists through Sister Artists. She hopes she can contribute to their healing: ?You can do as much with images as words.?

Barbara viewed Sister Artists as an opportunity to make a strong statement?in this case about food in Africa. Over four million Malians are under-nourished and
Barbara?s quilt displays a range of basic fruits. They are not specific to Mali but
convey the message that fruit is a universal source of nutrition. Barbara also added palm trees to her block and used hand quilting to give a feel of land being cultivated.

She used light colors to avoid overpowering the original design: ?I wanted to make sure the Malian block stood out.?

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:

Barbara Eisenstein

Barbara Eisenstein