This quilt celebrates the important part that Nelson Mandela played in the path to freedom that was trodden by so many all over the world.
To make the background I painted white cotton fabric with yellow fabric paints and then stencilled it with the silhouettes of Madiba walking into the distance. The dense free motion quilting records some of the names of the more well know people who played their part in the struggle against Apartheid. At the base I have quilted the opening lines of the Freedom Charter...
"We, the People of South Africa, declare for all our country and the world to know:
that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, black and white, and that no government can justly claim authority unless it is based on the will of all the people;
that our people have been robbed of their birthright to land, liberty and peace by a form of government founded on injustice and inequality;
that our country will never be prosperous or free until all our people live in brotherhood, enjoying equal rights and opportunities;
that only a democratic state, based on the will of all the people, can secure to all their birthright without distinction of colour, race, sex or belief;
and therefore, we, the people of South Africa, black and white together equals, countrymen and brothers adopt this Freedom Charter......."