Catalyst for Change


Quilt Index Record: 1E-3D-28FB

Essay

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Catalyst for Change Intuthuko Embroidery Group artists with Hester Viles Etwatwa and Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa Hand dyed threads on 100% South African cotton fabric and edged with traditional Shweshwe fabric; embroidered, pieced Artists who have had the privilege to study art on a formal level can work with informal artists to empower them to take social, ecological, and economic control of their environment. Such collaboration activates strategies that extend beyond visual narratives and aesthetic pleasure and is instrumental in generating a sense of achievement and a shared belonging and trust in the community. Twenty-three informally trained women artists of the Intuthuko Embroiderers created the individual embroidered pieces; artist Hester Viles combined the pieces into a complete quilt. The value of this embroidery project is found in its inclusiveness that creates a dialogue and echoes the co-operative spirit between Nelson Mandela and Willem de Klerk. This is an expression of the traditional meaning of ubuntu, an African word that transcends any written definition and is best expressed as "I am a person because of other people". The collaboration between these two leaders is regarded all over the world as a catalyst for dramatic social and political change in South Africa and is echoed by the interchange between these artists from diverse backgrounds.

Project Information

InstNameF003
Michigan State University Museum
Quilts and Human Rights
South Africa Quilt History Project (SAQHP)
InstProjNameF003a
Michigan State University Museum Collection
InstInvContrNumF004
15.0191
InstInvContrNumF004a
2015:18.2

Page 1

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Catalyst for Change
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Nelson Mandela
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Hester Viles
DateDataF006b
6/25/2015
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Viles, Hester
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Intuthuko Embroidery Group artists with Hester Viles
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Museum employee
LocMadeF057a
Etwatwa and Johannesburg
ProvProvF057e
Gauteng
ProvCountryF057f
South Africa
DateQuiltF023
2000-2025
DateFinishF023b
2014

Page 2-Quiltmaker Information

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Art or personal expression
Commemorative
PresUseF062
Museum collection
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Group

Page 3-Physical Description

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Finished quilt
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29 3/4"
OverallLengthF012b
30"
ShapeEdgeF013
Straight
PredomColorsF014
Beige or Tan
Black
Gold
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Excellent/like new
LayFormatF024
Nontraditional or art

Page 4-Physical Description continued

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Cotton
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Embroidery
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Hand dyed threads on 100% South African cotton fabric and edged with traditional Shweshwe fabric.

Page 6-Design and Fabric Sources

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Original to maker
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"Conscience of the Human Spirit: The Life of Nelson Mandela", The International Quilt Conference Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa, July 2014. "Conscience of the Human Spirit: The Life of Nelson Mandela", The Kentucky Museum at Wester Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY, September 8, 2015 - January 31, 2016 "Conscience of the Human Spirit: The Life of Nelson Mandela", National Afro American Museum and Cultural Center, Wilberforce, OH, April 7 - October 7, 2016.
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"Conscience of the Human Spirit: The Life of Nelson Mandela," exhibit catalog, Marsha MacDowell and Carolyn Mazloomi, Michigan State University Museum, 2014, page 24.

Page 7-Owner Information

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Public Museum, Library, or Institution
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Michigan State University Museum
OwnerCityF084
East Lansing
OwnerCountyF085
Ingham
OwnerStateF086
Michigan (MI)
OwnerCountryF086b
United States
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Purchase
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Restricted
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All rights reserved, Michigan State University Museum

Data Verification

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Beth Donaldson
dateverified
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20
2016

Extra Fields

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Straight

Image Information

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Contributing Institutions
MATRIX: Center for Humane Arts, Letters and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University; Michigan State University Museum
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Quilt Index
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Quilt
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Pearl Yee Wong
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Michigan State University Museum

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