We are honored to have been part of the Fuller Craft Museum lineup in 2019.
Also on view during the pop up was Tom Kiefer: El Sueño Americano – The American Dream and Mano-Made – New Expression in Craft by Latino Artists . Something that was incredibly moving to me was how Tom Kiefer collected the orphaned objects of migrants and turned their presence into art. Welcome Blanket, in many ways, is a counterpoint to the experience that many people have had of losing the few objects they possessed crossing the border. A Welcome Blanket gift is a practical and symbolic object of welcome and warmth for a new chapter in a new land.
Jaime Guerrero, Gerardo Monterrubio, and Consuelo Jimenez Underwood are the artists of Mano Made, an incredibly powerful and personal show. Part of Jaime Guerrero’s installation were notes of immigration stories that resonated deeply. Here is just one of them.:
If you have a chance to visit Fuller Craft, these intense and thoughtful exhibitions are still on view. Thank you to Fuller Craft for including Welcome Blanket as part of the conversation about immigration and craft.
Thank you to each and every person who has been participating. The Fuller began documenting the Welcome Blanket submissions at the beginning of March and we are working with them on getting them up on our online gallery. (Note: If you are a person who is great with data and websites and would love to flex your skills for the project, shoot me an email. I would love to streamline this piece so that we can quickly thank all of our participants and share with the wider world what we are doing!)