This show is the second chapter in the KC beaded Quilt. In 2019 GK Callahan and Laura White embarked on an important community art project, working with the blind and deaf-blind communities of the greater Kansas City area to craft the KC Beaded Quilt. The quilt, made with over 1200 squares and 330,000 fuse beads, was put together with the help of more than 10 KC area non-profits and their patrons. This art project brought the blind and deaf-blind communities together. Added benefits were aiding its creators in finger dexterity, color & shape recognition, and, most importantly, socialization.
Finding newfound confidence and a sense of self in the beading process, Laura White took the lead for this second chapter. Laura has created 14 unique designs from memory. Her visual concept for each quilt came from the past inspiration of quilts she loved before she began to lose her sight. Although Laura is showcasing her designs, she is still working with fellow artists GK Callahan and community organizations such as The Kansas State School for the Blind and The Whole Person as a way to use art to help bring people together and improve lives.
The KC Beaded Quilt is currently on display at the Englewood Art center in Independence, MO. Find out more about the Englewood Arts Center HERE.