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Alison Wabeke's avatar Alison Wabeke

This is a hand-stitched quilt made of paper in a frame with glass. It was created to capture this story: On May 3, 2016, my nephew legally became my brother. During his 693 days in foster care, he wrote dozens, then hundreds of letters to people he loved as a way of processing his hurt. I couldn’t read most of his toddler handwriting, but I could make out words: Mommy, Nani, Opa, and my name, Ali. After my parents adopted him, he stopped writing letters so frequently. We saw some of his pain transform into beauty. I tucked away the box of letters he had written to me and after a year I was ready to piece together his journey into a quilt. With each stitch I asked for healing. I felt beauty blooming out of pain. His journey is not over – there are more hurts that will need to be processed. But these letters are stitched into his story, it’s a part of who he is. Our past does not define who we are, but it is up to us to choose how to stitch together pieces of our journey into beauty.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1 in
  • Medium: Stitched Paper Quilt
  • Width: 33 in
  • Year created: 2018
  • Height: 33 in