"Art can impact the social context of family dislocations and can serve as a powerful tool in encouraging an open national dialogue about Zero Tolerance in our country"
So (sew) America Cares is a participatory social art project with a commitment to raise awareness about the lives of the children separated from their parents at the border. All the faces stitched together strengthen the very fabric of our own society.
In 2018 a Zero Tolerance immigration policy was announced, requiring that all families who cross the border shall not only be separated but also charged in federal court with the misdemeanor crime of illegal entry.
This Project’s mission is to advocate for these children and to extend an invitation to anyone who would like to participate. Thread by thread, fiber by fiber, a participating community will increase its understanding of the circumstances of these children who never asked to be illegal aliens. The project consists of 10 different faces that will be repeated 100 times each to add 1000 faces. The faces had been laser etched on raw canvas to allow the participant to use any kind of thread, yarn, wool, fabric, paint etc. So (sew) America Cares has a plan: to "sew" them back, to never allow these children to be lost again, to create a quilt of 1000 faces representing a portion of these children.
We cannot allow these traumatized children to disappear and in time, be forgotten.People are encouraged to stitch, sew, knit, knot, crochet, embroider, or braid these drawings so as to symbolically recover these children’s faces and lives again.
So (sew) America Cares is an international call for people to participate and raise awareness as to the consequences of this immigration policy and its devastating effect on children. As citizen, artist, mother and a child that suffered being separated from my family for eight years, I am concerned about the hundreds of separated children across our country.
FIBER ART COUTURE
"We want to merge the functionality of a piece of clothing with the message of a work of art."
Clothing and textiles are a very important part of our daily lives. Yet we do not think about how the garment was made, who made it or where it was made. Most of the time we do not consider our clothes to be works of art. It is an instrument that we use to regulate body temperature and at times send a conscious or unconscious message to our onlookers.Our interest to explore the marriage between fine art and textile was sparked many years ago. It was augmented in each of our travels, not so much for the specific skills that we were learning in each place, but because of the relationship that each culture had toward their traditional techniques on textile.We want to merge the functionality of a piece of clothing with the message of a work of art. Rather than compete against each other we decided that they should amalgamate into one piece of wearable art.Inspired by a trip to India and Morocco and the many kinds of fibers and colors of the culture we got to know, we decided to merge this experienced into wearable art pieces. This pieces are one of a kind. We used photographs of the trip to inspired the art work on each piece and use the fabrics of each country accordingly. We used a wide variety of fabrics most of them from India and well as the threat form Morocco. The pieces are unique in all kinds of way , from their design to the story they illustrate. They are all embroidery and have many layers and hours of free motion drawing on the sewing machine that extensively illustrate the story of each individual piece.
A collaboravorative wearable art project:
Designer by Daniele Di Monte
Photography by Alejandro Taquechel