Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Gift Quilt: Andrea Pippins

Curator: Kristy Tillman
date: September 5, 2011
Categories: Illustration, Typography
Tags: illustration, Textiles, Typography

A quilt designed to be a gift Oprah would give each girl upon graduating from the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa. 

I am a longtime regular reader of Fly, a blog that features daily inspiration by graphic designer and educator Andrea Pippins. One day while perusing her site I stumbled upon this quilt. 

I was struck by the fusion of tradition and modernity that Andrea managed to weave together in such a thoughtful gift, with each quilt being designed to showcase the girl’s individual name. 

Combining the art of traditional South African quilting, culturally relevant inspired typography and illustration with aspirational messaging to encourage girls in leadership makes this project envy worthy. 

I am not sure if Oprah has seen it, but I hope after this post she will—and consider giving Andrea a call. 

Photo: Andrea Pippins

Photo: Andrea Pippins
Quilt construction in progress

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