Making Art for the Spirit
Yemaya’s Quilt for the protection of children
I made this quilt design to fulfill an “ebo” prescribed by Ifa divination. The ebo called for a gift and prayer for the protection of children to be offered to Yemaya, Mother Goddess of the Ocean. I wrote my prayer on pieces of paper that were enfolded in the quilt when I made the offering.
The quilt top is decorated with a blue and white turtle swimming in waves of red, gold and green. A layer of quilt batting and the quilt back—a piece of muslin, are secured with red stitches. As I was sewing, these words came through:
satin and fabric paint
for the child
Sewing love and sweetness
into every patch, every piece
Children’s Bill of Rights* quilt
Warm heart, home heart
painting love and protection
into every section
*The Children’s Bill of Rights
is a related work from The Tap Roots Visions Box series. The piece includes the text of The Children’s Bill of Rights for an Ecological Age, written by Pat Monahan (based on Thomas Berry’s Our Children, Our Future).
Mixed Media: photocopies, satin and collage on Arches Cover, 12 inches square, © 1997
Making Art for the Spirit, The Intersections of Feminist Sacred & Creative Practice, Part V—1998 Down the Waterfall, Through the Fire; fire of the hearth—heart and womb heart (August 1998), p. 268-269, © 2001, 2016
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