Friday, June 23, 2017

“Zahra, Age 5, Syrian Refugee” by Sandra Bruce

“Zahra, Age 5, Syrian Refugee” by Sandra Bruce

This is one in a series of posts featuring an artist whose work is included in the Threads of Resistance exhibition.
Artist’s Statement: 
When I first saw the photo of Zahra, taken by Muhammed Muheisen, I knew I would have to make a quilt of her in my Matrix technique. Her face, and especially her eyes, say so much about what she has endured in her young life, and I wanted to capture it in fabric. The children of Syria have suffered beyond belief, and as a mother my heart goes out to them. Her pink hair ties remind us that despite her plight, she is merely a small child, who deserves a childhood, as all children do. The quilt contains approximately 500 2-inch squares, many of them pieced. Photo used with permission from The Associated Press.

Hear a message from Sandra about her piece below:


  1. Sandra, thank you for your recording.The quilt and the message were both very moving.

  2. This week has been World Refugee Day and this morning in church when we were praying for the millions of refugees I thought of this picture.

    1. What a beautiful thing to say, thank you.


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