Special Thanks to Mass Cultural Council for supporting these events through the Cultural Sector Recovery Funds for Organizations grant!
Past Events for Featured Artist
The project, as envisioned by Textile Artist Agusta Agustsson, is to make many crowd-sourced community quilts to support women’s health and reproductive rights. The “Courthouse Steps” pattern is a reference to the Supreme Court’s decision on Roe v. Wade in June 2022. Quilt Blocks continue to be made and are being assembled into many large community quilts for display.
Featured Artist Event
July 30, 2022
Sew4Rights.org Square-Making Event 12 pm - 3 pm
Augusta Agustusson Artist Talk - 5 pm
Videos of these events with be posted as we continue to support for Augusta's project. Please contact Augusta directly to participate.
The Courthouse Steps and Sew4Rights Rage Squares
"I organized the Courthouse Steps and Rage Squares in response to the Supreme Court’s reconsideration of Roe v Wade. I didn’t want to create a solo piece. I wanted to amplify the voices of many women. The form was inspired by quilts in the Museum of Fine Arts exhibition, “Fabric of a Nation”. One was a signature quilt in support of women’s suffrage and another was a Gee’s Bend quilt of the courthouse steps pattern.
I also had a quilt in the exhibition, “Blanket of Red Flowers”. It was made in the Seventies, a heady time for women’s right. As I read about the Justice’s deliberations about Roe last December I knew that today’s young women would not have the rights and experiences I had as a young woman. I knew I had to show women’s voices and feelings. Rather than signatures as in the suffrage quilt there are words from women’s hearts. The courthouse steps pattern was the perfect vehicle for presenting these feelings.
When Alito’s opinion was leaked even though I was expecting it, I was enraged. The formality of the courthouse steps no longer seemed adequate to express the rage. Other women felt the same. The idea of Rage Squares was born. Women responded immediately.
The quilts have already been to protests. I expect them to go to many more as we work to undo the damage from this Supreme Court."
by Deb Ehrens
Artist Talk with collaborating Scientists from
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute:
Caroline Ummenhofer, Phd. and Svenja Ryan, Phd.
Open to the public
Thursday June 9
"Art as Fashion / Fashion as Art"
First annual group show May 15 to 29, 2021
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NB Creative Instagram Take-Over
New Bedford Creative hosted SoCoSD for a full day Instagram Take Over.
Thank you New Bedford Creative!!
and Select "Adrian" in NB Creative Instagram Stories