Photo credit: © Drunell Levinson. All rights reserved.
Accession Number: C.2007.8.14
Dimensions: 3505 in X 75 ½ in X 1/4 in
Dimensions (Metric): 8902.7 cm X 190.5 cm X 2.54 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Drunell Levinson and of the contributors to the September 11 Quilts Memorial Exhibition
We must be the change we wish to see in the world
Quilt titled We must be the change we wish to see in the world created by Ellen Nerbe and made of silk and paint. This quilt is primarily black with alternating dark purple square blocks. Hearts are painted in the center of each patch. Handwritten across the quilt is a Mahatma Gandhi quote: "We must be the change we wish to see in the world."
Inspired by the AIDS Memorial Quilt, New York City–based arts educator Drunell Levinson conceived a September 11 Quilts Memorial that would bring together the work of artists from around the world. Drawing upon her academic research into mourning customs and her expertise as a quilter and fabric artist, Levinson issued a call for quilts on a website she created for the project. She offered thematic guidelines and requested a uniform size but left the choice of material, style, and subject to each quilter. Within the first year after 9/11, she had received 94 quilts. Over the next two years, the quilts—many using the Twin Towers as a focal point—were displayed throughout the United States and in Japan.