A long walk to freedom: A tribute to the life of Nelson Mandela


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

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A long walk to freedom: A tribute to the life of Nelson Mandela Annette McMaster Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa Embroidery thread, cotton fabric; machine embroidery, piecing, quilting; 75 cm x75cm When I started making this quilt I knew that I did not want to make an image of Nelson Mandela's face. I hoped instead to use the image of feet to evoke symbolic associations about his life and the sacrifices that he had made for all of us. His book Long Walk to Freedom inspired the initial machine embroidered feet. I used fabric that looked like the ocean and was reminiscent of the view towards Cape Town that Mandela had from his prison window on Robben lsland. I placed the feet at the top of the quilt because he was nearly hanged by the apartheid government; other viewers of the quilt might find religious associations with this placement. The fabric used for the prison pants was from a small piece that I bought years ago from a vendor from Maputo, Mozambique; Gra'a Machel, Mandela's third wife, was also from that country. The central blocks of the Log Cabin quilt pattern are photo transfers of newspaper articles of general life in South Africa; they show a contrast to his life of imprisonment and ours.

Project Information

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Michigan State University Museum
Quilts and Human Rights
South Africa Quilt History Project (SAQHP)
InstProjNameF003a
Michigan State University Museum Collection
InstInvContrNumF004
15.0194
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2015:18.5

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A long walk to freedom: A tribute to the life of Nelson Mandela
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Annette has a wide range of interests in the arts :Beadwork: She was a mentor for 4 beadwork artists at the local Tatham Gallery for a period of four years. She has a good basic knowledge of Zulu beading techniques and is self taught. Machine embroidery: Annette has become known for her machine embroidery techniques, which she has taught widely locally and in Canada and England. Her work, has twice been juried in to the Pfaff International Machine Embroidery Competition, which was exhibited in Alexandra palace in England and then toured Europe. She has also done a few portrait commissions .Annette did a basic course of machine embroidery techniques with Jutta Faulds , but has taught herself to do the portraits and other work that she has become known for.Quilting: She has won numerous prizes in local and International Quilt competitions and has had work accepted and bought by private as well as public collectors and individuals. Since its inception until it was closed Annete's work was accepted and sold through the Innovative Threads Exhibitions that always took place at Nova Constantia in Cape Town, before Margie Garrat took the exhibition to countries like England Japan, France, and German. Painting: Annette has started exploring painting techniques and was invited, together with 11 other artists to create portraits for the "About Face" exhibition in 2011 at the local art museum. She belongs to a life drawing group "Mark" . Her home has been opened to fellow artists for this purpose for the last decade or so. Paper: Annette has created portraits as well as objects out of paper and papier mache, most of which has been sold. Her work was accepted in to "Jabulisa" a showcase for local artists in Kwazulu-Natal. Teaching: Annette has taught in Canada and England and locally . She has always had positive feed-back from her students. She is self taught in most aspects of her creative interests.
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Annette McMaster
DateDataF006b
6/25/2015
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McMaster, Annette
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McMaster, Annette
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Museum employee
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Pietermaritizburg
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KwaZulu-Natal
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South Africa
DateQuiltF023
2000-2025
DateFinishF023b
January - May 2014

Page 2-Quiltmaker Information

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Art or personal expression
Commemorative
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Museum collection
GenderF098
Female
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Pietermaritzburg
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Kwazulu Natal
CountryF108
South Africa
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Fibre artist
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Fibre Art
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This group has exhibited its members ' work in America,England, Australia, New Zeeland, Germany, Holland , France and locally.

Page 3-Physical Description

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Finished quilt
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30"
OverallLengthF012b
29 1/2"
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Straight
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Nontraditional or art

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 74.

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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All rights reserved, Michigan State University Museum

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Beth Donaldson
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2016

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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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Pearl Yee Wong
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Michigan State University Museum

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