OUR EVER-EVOLVING LIST SHOWCASING CRAFTIVISTS
AND MISSION-DRIVEN FOLKS IN THE FIBER COMMUNITY.
HAND COLORED YARN WITH MEANING
The Welcome Blanket Project aims to connect people already living in the United States residents with our country’s new immigrants through stories and handmade blankets, providing both symbolic and literal comfort and warmth. At the same time, the project offers a positive, hands-on way to understand the scope of a 2000-mile border wall and to subvert it from an idea of exclusion to one of inclusion. By participating in this project, people will also come together to talk about immigration policy and how it affects real-live people.
Los Angeles-based designer and artist Jayna Zweiman developed Welcome Blanket to inspire creative and critical responses to current issues around immigration, cultural displacement, and geographic relocation. Zweiman hopes to accumulate enough blankets to span the same distance as the proposed 2,000-mile border wall between the U.S. and Mexico, thereby re-imagining it as "2,000 Miles of Warm Welcome."
The project’s was first hosted at the MODA space. It served as a receiving station where blankets were sorted, catalogued, and exhibited. Over time, as the blankets accumulated, the space evolved into a vibrant installation of crowd-sourced creations. Guests were invited to spend time knitting and sewing, telling stories, and sharing resources.
At the end of the Making Change exhibition, Sept 9, 1918, the blankets received at MODA will be distributed to immigrants and refugees along with the notes of welcome written by their makers.