Thursday, July 16, 2009
I'm Going to Prison!
I'm going to prison and I'm so excited. It has been a dream of mine to document quiltmakers in prison and next week my dream will come true. Sunday I leave for the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville to interview 5 women plus the chaplain who started the program on Monday. These quilts were displayed at Sacred Threads in an exhibit called "Beyond the Barrier." You can see the quilts at www.beyondthebarrier.org. I'm still waiting to hear if I get to interview one other quiltmaker who was transferred to another prison. If I do get to interview her, this will happen on Tuesday. The interviews will be included in Quilters' S.O.S. - Save Our Stories (Q.S.O.S.), an oral history project of the Alliance for American Quilts. I have been a volunteer with this project for almost 10 years. Please do check back to hear about the women and their quilts. I am so hoping I'll have good stories to share.