Art Quilt Elements
AQE 2024 Artist

Carolyn Harper


William P.

Hand-embroidered Batik

52” x 64″


I create works that provide faces to those who are faceless, nameless and powerless. They are larger than life hand-sewn quilts and hand-embroidered batiks. My most recent work depicts individuals impacted by mass incarceration, telling their stories in accompanying statements. William P. was 17 when he was arrested for assault. He spent 31 years in prison; 23 of these years were ruled by the California Supreme Court as constitutional excessive punishment. Since his release, William has set up his own non-profit to help those coming out of prison.