In 2013, artist Maria T.D. Inocencio created Fold Here, in which Portlanders contributed clothing and household linens to be used in performance, and afterwards donated to Innovative Housing Incorporated, a not for profit that builds housing for low income and formerly homeless families. The items that were not wearable were cut up and made into a series of seven quilts for a project called When You Hold Me I Can Sleep.
The quilt, as a comforter, symbolizes warmth, cover and protection. It is also a representation of coming together: in the pieces of fabric that constitute the pattern, the layers of cloth and batting, and the stitches that unite all its parts. "I was joined by sixteen women in sewing these quilts with the goal of giving them to Bradley Angle, an organization that supports people experiencing domestic violence," explained Inocencio.
"The word 'hold' in the title reminds us that an essential aspect of a relationship - the touch, the connection – can be an essential dilemma of domestic violence. 'Hold' is two sided; it can be restrictive or it can be supportive. For some, it is difficult to love someone, without hurting them. The 'hold' in this project is a gentle embrace. It is an effort meant to affirm our abilities, as individuals and as a community, to help one another," Inocencio continued.
When You Hold Me I Can Sleep (red and blue) and other quilts from the project will be on display at Blue Sky Gallery from September 1, 2016 to October 2, 2016.
Please come and see these beautiful works of art.
There will be a special opportunity to bid on When You Hold Me I Can Sleep (red and blue) until 4:30pm on October 2, 2016. Here are details about the piece:
When You Hold Me I Can Sleep (red and blue)
70” X 53”
fabric, thread, batting
red floral fabrics are from the clothes of Portland residents
blue fabrics are from the uniforms of Portland Police officers
Quilt #2 of 7
Bradley Angle serves anyone affected by domestic violence. We value dignity and personal story of everyone who comes to us for support, and respect that survivors should have control over their own lives.
Our vision is to build communities that are free from domestic violence and oppression—where loving, compassionate and equitable relationships exist for all people.