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Amy Ahlstrom Addresses Mental Health And Social Issues Through Quilting

Quilter Amy Ahlstrom
Amy Ahlstrom
Quilter Amy Ahlstrom

Quilting has evolved over the years. They’re not just the traditional patchwork style. Quilters today are still sticking with sewing machines, but also using technology to enhance their pieces with vivid images and colors.

Amy Ahlstrom is a modern art quilter. Her work has been on display at Google, the De Young Museum and many other places around the Bay. Ahlstrom’s quilts are bright, edgy, and feature in-your-face messages about social issues like drug addiction and gender rights. Now, in her show “All or Nothing,” she’s addressing mental health. The quilts represent her experience living with anxiety and depression.

In this interview, Amy discusses her work and her show. See All or Nothing at The Drawing Room in San Francisco until Friday, Aug 27th.

CrosscurrentsSights & Sounds
Jeneé Darden is an award-winning journalist, author, public speaker and proud Oakland native. She is the executive producer and host of the weekly arts segment Sights & Sounds as well as the series Sights + Sounds Magazine. Jeneé also covers East Oakland for KALW. Jeneé has reported for NPR, Marketplace, KQED, KPCC, The Los Angeles Times, Ebony magazine, Refinery29 and other outlets. In 2005, she reported on the London transit bombings for Time magazine. Prior to coming to KALW, she hosted the podcast Mental Health and Wellness Radio.