Elise Filo (France)

Elise Filo (Roma Community Centre - RCC): Elise is a human rights advocate and photographer, and a specialist on Roma rights. Prior to her fellowship, she studied at Emory University, the Boston University Center for Digital Imaging Arts, and the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute. Elise also worked at the European Roma Rights Centre in Hungary, where she developed a deep understanding and commitment for the Roma. After her fellowship Elise wrote: "Talk to everyone, and involve them too. It just may be from those you would least expect it that you will learn the most."



BLANKET STITCHES, KNOTS AND SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCES

20 Aug

To give an update on our quilting progress: it’s in the works!

 

Running Stitch
Running Stitch

 

We have a lovely group of Roma women creating their Peace Quilt to illustrate a Romani engagement. Since family is central to their values, this seemed an appropriate theme, and one about which all were excited.

The quilt will be centered around a piece depicting the meeting of the families to discuss the engagement, while the side panels will focus on the main characters. Rather than everyone making their own individual piece, the women wanted to share the work on all of the pieces, thus really promoting the spirit of the community.

They’re making remarkable progress.

 

A Roma Fiancée
A Roma Fiancée

 

 

Caravan
Caravan

 

Recently, we were joined by Nina Murray, Cultural Attache of the US Embassy in Vilnius, who was interested to learn more about the project (and even contributed to the stitching!) The US Embassy has been involved with the Roma community here through the CULP programme, in which US Military Cadets have been teaching English to several communities of Lithuanian society.

 

Nina Murray, Cultural Attache of the US Embassy in Vilnius, Joins the Quilting
Nina Murray, Cultural Attache of the US Embassy in Vilnius, Joins the Quilting

 

Please take a look at the photos documenting our work for more sneak previews of the Peace Quilt from Vilnius.

Thanks for all of the support from everyone!

Posted By Elise Filo (France)

Posted Aug 20th, 2012

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