E Pluribus Unum II: Cultures in Cloth

Matzo Ball Soup by Robin M Robboy

Warhol Family Matzo Ball Soup by Robin M Robboy

Warhol Family Matzo Ball Soup

Robin M. Robboy,Atlanta, Georgia

Food is central to my family’s ethnic heritage; no celebration is complete without it. There is no more iconic and ubiquitous symbol of that delicious tradition than Matzo Ball Soup. It takes me home, connects me to loved ones long gone, it fills my tummy, my heart and my soul.

L'Homme de L'Ouest

L'Homme de L'Ouest

L’Homme de L’Ouest (Man of the West)

Linda B. Laird,San Diego, California

Lately, I’ve been learning about the French side of my father’s family. His grandfather, Frank Sabathe, lead a fascinating life in the Southern California desert. My quilt illustrates a few of his achievements. The historical society of Twenty-nine Palms, CA, is painting a mural in his honor.

.Ability with Disability by Cathy Ortelle

Ability with Disability by Cathy Ortelle

Ability With Disability

Cathy Ortelle,Cotati, California

My photo-transfer collage features a Sonoma County sunrise,my love of horses, the strength of my Italian grandmother, the wisdom of my Irish/English mother. I actively participate in my world . I’m now “Unbalanced” ( my quilt title) but my art is still my passion in spite of my disability.

Alias Grandfather by Lisa Gorski

Alias Grandfather

Lisa Gorski, Cape Coral, Florida

Frank Furgeson/Nitz born  in Iowa, American Indian ‘Blackfoot’.  Lived in Germantown, Wisconsin and married, having eight children.  Imprisoned at Waupun Prison, Wisconsin for cattle rustling around 1940.  Silhouette represents my mother at age eight and her mother visiting.  Last seen alive in Port Washington, Wisconsin in the early 1980’s.

Roots by Louisa L. Smith

Roots by Louisa L. Smith


Louisa L. Smith, Loveland, Colorado

Born in Indonesia in 1943. When Indonesia got there independence, it got quite dangerous and we fled to the Netherlands in 1951. Immigrated to the United Sates in 1960…became a U.S. Citizen in 1968.

Aai by Meena Schaldenbrand

Aai by Meena Schaldenbrand



Meena Schaldenbrand, Plymouth, Michigan

I feel a special kinship to my maternal grandmother who sacrificed for us. She left her village for two years and moved to Bombay so I could attend an English school. She married at thirteen and raised ten children. She couldn’t read or write but was patient, kind, smart, caring and hard working.


6 Responses

  1. Dear Ann, thank you for hosting this challenge and for posting my quilt here, along with these other beautiful and deeply meaningful responses to your challenge. I really enjoyed participating! Your challenge encouraged me to work more with my own photos and with Photoshop than I had before. What fun! I love reading the artists’ statements; they offer such a touching and intimate glimpse into the quiltmakers’ lives.

    • Robin…It is an honor to have YOU and all the EPU II artists participate, and so enthusiastically. My hope is that we will find many venues for the project, and Americans across the country will be able to see your work in person. I’m so happy you are using photography in your work now…your talent is clear. Can’t wait to see your new creations!

  2. Dear Ann,
    I’ve been dying to see what everyone did with this challenge! The stories of our families, where they came from and how they got here, have always been fascinating to me, and it’s the reason why I’ve always loved to study American history.

    Thanks again for organizing this challenge!

    Linda Boone Laird

  3. Ann
    Thank you for helping all of us see the common thread that we all share. To be more open to diversity the less diversified we become.
    Can’t wait to see the whole show.

  4. Hi Ann,

    Thanks for organizing and sharing such beautiful, diverse and interesting works of art! E Pluribus Unum is a brilliant display of culture and artistry. Keep pulling the world together, that’s one of the things you’re so good at! Thanks for sharing.

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