American Craft

Nneka Jones

“I see the stitches as kind of a bird’s-eye view of people protesting in the streets for movements such as Black Lives Matter.”

THE AMERICAN FLAG DEPICTED on the cover of the August 31 / September 7, 2020, issue of Time magazine hangs vertically, as if it’s tired. Rough embroidery stitches form incomplete, asymmetrical stripes transitioning from black to red, with frayed ends. The threaded needle remains in the final bar – its job is unfinished.

The hand-embroidered flag was created titled “The New American Revolution: Visions of a Black Future that Fulfill a Nation’s Promise,” a collection of essays and conversations about America’s racist past and future potential, curated by musician Pharrell Williams.

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