About the Ribbons

“Ribbons, Not Walls” is a display of fabric art, illustrating social action carried out by Unitarian Universalist and Humanist groups and individuals. It was featured at the UUA General Assembly in Louisville, KY, in June, 2013.

There are over 24 panels, each portraying some aspect* (theme, episode, cover art) of one of the Banned Books by Hispanic authors from the Phoenix GA Book SmUUggler project**, or of another 2012 or 2013 immigration reform/immigrant rights activity. Panels were done in applique, embroidery, quilting, or any means of putting durable images on fabric. Calligraphy (on fabric, not paper) was also welcomed.

Each artist was asked to produce one panel (landscape orientation) 36” wide and 18” high, sufficiently sturdy to withstand shipping and gentle repeated handling. Panels were backed by muslin and have a horizontal fabric tie nine inches long and ½’ wide, securely attached at each corner.

HUUmanists displayed the panels at the General Assembly, and other appropriate venues during 2013 and beyond. Panels were returned to their creators late in 2014, unless further use is mutually agreed to.

At GA we displayed six panels at a time (with accompanying explanatory text) on a ”Wall” backdrop and rotated the panels throughout the week. This display was in the HUUmanists booth in the Exhibit Hall, which is open to all registered delegates and guests, and on the final day, to the general public.

At several points during the week, all of the panels were loosely tied together into a long ribbon, which volunteers will parade carefully through the Convention Center, or display at large attendance events.

Questions may be addressed to the coordinator, Roger Brewin, at 773-881-4028, or 773-551-8540 cell.

* For example, my wife and I are doing a fabric collage of workers picking in the strawberry fields from Francisco Jiménez’ “The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child.” Nicole Smith is stitching the scene of tears falling into the simmering cooking pot from Laura Esquivel’s “Like Water for Chocolate.”

** The complete list of books from which panel themes may be drawn is available on this website.