Welcome Blanket

Exhibition dates:

Welcome Blanket is a participatory, global initiative created by Los Angeles based artist/designer Jayna Zweiman. Zweiman – who gained national prominence as the co-founder of the Pussyhat Project – organized this effort as a way to reimagine President Trump’s proposed border wall as a space for handcrafted blankets. The ongoing call to action asks participants to create 40” x 40” coverlets, using a simple knitted pattern, with the hope that the total yarn used in the project will equal the barrier’s roughly 2,000 mile span, requiring an approximate 3,200 blankets.

How to participate:

1.Make a blanket! Make it something you would like to receive, and about 40×40 (for the blanket pattern check the Welcome Blanket website at welcomeblanket.org)

2.Write a Welcome Note! (templates available on the Welcome Blanket Website)

3.Mail or deliver your blanket/note (by March 1, 2019) to:

Welcome Blanket
Fuller Craft Museum
455 Oak Street
Brockton, MA 02301

Once made and collected, the blankets are distributed through immigration organizations, refugee resettlement agencies, and other community-based groups. Many blankets include notes of welcome and encouragement, thus deepening the project’s potency and the maker-recipient connection, all while continuing the important tradition of political action through craft.

Fuller Craft Museum is honored to host the Welcome Blanket exhibition, featuring a selection of works that were previously on view at the Smart Museum in Chicago.

Related Links:

Felt: Fiber Transformed – November 17, 2018 – May 12, 2019

Mano-Made – New Expression in Craft by Latino Artists – December 15, 2018 – September 8, 2019

Elizabeth Potenza: “Look up,” she said, “there is more color than you ever imagined.” – January 12, – November 17, 2019

Tom Kiefer: El Sueño Americano – The American Dream – January 26, – July 28, 2019

Donna Dodson: Zodiac – February 2, – May 19, 2019