Artist Talk: Quilting
Artist talk by Mohawk artist Sheree Bonaparte on the relationship between quilt-making and community at Akwesasne Reservation.
Sheree "Peachy" Bonaparte, Consultant/Guest Speaker. Bonaparte is a member of the Mohawk Nation and resides at Akwesasne. She has been a quiltmaker since 2001, incorporating original designs and cultural symbols in her creations. Bonaparte's first quilts were made for the Akwesasne Freedom School fundraisers, a commitment she has continued to honor almost annually. Her quilts have been exhibited in national and regional locations in Canada and the US. Bonaparte owns and operates Ionkwanikonhriiosne, a creative sewing center at Akwesasne which stocks fabrics and other materials for quilts and traditional ribbon outfits. She also hosts a full schedule of workshops in quilting and clothing construction at her shop for students from the Freedom School and Mohawk community members. In her presentation Bonaparte will share her own and quilts from her community, demonstrate techniques from design to completion, and discuss the relationship between the quilting tradition and the Freedom School. She will also discuss the representation of Iroquois political and Clan structure, history, and stories interpreted in the quilts.