Story Quilt

Artisans For Hope and the Idaho Commission on the Arts collaborated on this project first envisioned by the ICA Folk and Traditional Arts Program Director. Author Malia Collins elicited the stories from Artisans For Hope refugee sewing students. AFH volunteers then taught the students how to express the essence of their stories in small story cloths.

A photo journal was made possible by a Boise 150 grant and features photos of the story cloths, the refugee artisans who made them and their stories. This small book helps those of us who have never faced war and upheaval to understand the hard road our new citizens traveled to find refuge. Their unwavering hope for their new home fuels the hard work of adjusting to our American way of life.

The cloths and narratives were accepted for the 2013 Sacred Threads quilt exhibition in Herndon, Virginia, July 10-28, 2013. This nationally recognized biennial exhibit seeks to “share with others the experiences of quilters whose stories may be a source of healing and strength.”


Voices in Transition

Through the Idaho Commission on the Arts Folk and Traditional Arts Program, quilts will be exhibited throughout the state of Idaho in 2015. The tour starts in Lewiston, ID, in October 2015. Contact AFH for updated tour information. 

Past Exhibits

Select quilts from Voices in Transition, Parts I & II were at the Idaho State Capitol Building as part of
Narrative Threads: Quilted and Stitched Artworks in Idaho 
Dates: Nov 15th, 2014 - Feb 8th, 2015

Voices in Transition was displayed at the CAAC Frebruary 28th, 2013 - April 20, 2013.
Select cloths were also displayed at the Sacred Threads exhibit in Herndon, VA, July 10th - 28th, 2013.
We welcome opportunities for displays. Contact us if you are interested in working on exhibit opportunities.


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