Autumn is my favorite time of year, but this year, the colors are different for me. October is on my radar as "pink month"--the first time that I support National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) as a breast cancer survivor.
|Lisa Thorpe shows you step-by-step how to create
a quilt like this in the October/November 2013
issue of Quilting Arts.
This new perspective has led to a firsthand appreciation for the many ways quilt artists
in particular have reached out and changed the world with their kindness, love, and generosity.
You may be aware that a year ago I purchased a piece of artwork called "Supported" by Lisa Thorpe that she had donated to the "Artists Give Back" breast cancer awareness fundraiser our sister publication, Cloth Paper Scissors, held last year. I had intended to give it to my sister on her fifth anniversary of being cancer-free, but then I was diagnosed and kept the piece as a powerful reminder that I was not alone in my struggle.
"I was gratified hear this story and humbled to know that I could help comfort through my art in some small way. I love the bra image and decided to play around with it and the ‘supported' message in fabric," Lisa wrote on her blog this past week.
As we approached NBCAM this year, Lisa and the Quilting Arts team collaborated with Stencil Girl ProductsTM to create an original stencil available in limited quantities exclusively at Interweave. All proceeds from the sale of this stencil will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.® whose mission is to save lives through early detection and to provide mammograms for those in need.
"This project has shown me that casting artful seeds throughout your life can lead to an unexpected harvest. Live and love artfully you never know where it might take you," wrote Lisa.
In the October/November 2013 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine, you will find many examples of artists giving back to their communities and beyond, techniques for projects like Lisa's quilt and prayer flags, and many other gallery and technique articles to inspire you to create your own quilt art. As Lisa says, you never know where it might take you.
P.S. How do you support others through your quilt art? Leave your comment below.