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Yes We Can quilt

Yes We Can
Denyse Schmidt
Bridgeport, Connecticut
Machine pieced, hand applique, machine quilted
56” x 54”
MSUM 2009:10.1
Photo by Pearl Yee Wong, all rights reserved Michigan State University Museum

A replica of the one that the artist made as a fundraiser for the campaign for Barack Obama’s campaign for the 2008 U.S. Presidential election; specifically it was made as part of the The Obama Craft Project: Crafting for Change. The phrase Yes We Can, became THE campaign slogan and the phrase is now the subject of scholarly interrogation. Dr. Wolfgang Mieder, MSU CAL Disintguished Alum and internationally recognized proverb scholar, recently authored “Yes We Can”: Barack Obama's Proverbial Rhetoric (Peter Lang Publishing; 2009). Dr. Mieder and MSUM curator MacDowell published the article, "'When Life Hands You Scraps, Make a Quilt': Quiltmakers and the Tradition of Proverbial Inscriptions" in Proverbium: Yearbook of International Proverb Scholarship; 27:2010. The image of the quilt will be included as an illustration.

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