Hilos de la Vida
In 2005 in a small valley in Mendocino County, a group of immigrant women came to the classroom of Molly Johnson Martinez to join with community volunteers to create beautiful, inspirational quilts. None of the students had any previous experience in art or quilting, yet as they learned both English skills and the craft of quilting, the women produced artwork testifying to their hopes, dreams, and experiences. The quilts share their life stories in colorful, touching, and sometimes whimsical scenes of family life, border crossings, and reverence for the natural and spiritual worlds.
The student-artists and teachers formed a cooperative: Los Hilos de la Vida (The Threads of Life). What began as a teaching tool grew into a phenomenon no one could have predicted.
Learn more at hilosquilts.com.