Democracy In Action —
Celebrating The Women Of The 116th Congress

My recently completed textile project is both an homage and a call to arms that celebrates the historic number of 131 brave and powerful women currently serving in the 116th Congress. These women, whatever their political views and personal values, have the courage to be seen, the courage to be heard, the courage to try to make a difference. 

The art is a collection of portraits designed as prayer flags that celebrate and honor each congresswoman, their values, and the multitude of issues they are contending with. Each portrait uses the official congressional photograph of each elected congresswoman.  Each photograph was used to produce a stencil which was then transfixed to a silk organza fabric and layered with other hand-dyed fabrics and stitched and embellished with multicolor threads, buttons, and beads. The textile portraits are each approximately 16” x 18” and altogether fill wall space of about 300 square feet.

U.S. Senate – 25 (17D, 8R)
U.S. House of Representatives – 102 (89D, 13R), plus 4 (2D, 2R) Delegates

Martha Roby (R) AL

Terri Sewell (D) AL

Amata Radewagen (R) AS

Ann Kirkpatrick (D) AZ

Debbie Lesko (R) AZ

Jackie Speier (D) CA

Doris Matsui (D) CA

Anna Eshoo (D) CA

Nancy Pelosi (D) CA

Zoe Lofgren (D) CA

Barbara Lee (D) CA

Katherine Hill (D) CA

Julia Brownley (D) CA

Karen Bass (D) CA

Judy Chu (D) CA

Linda Sanchez (D) CA

Grace Napolitan (D) CA

Lucille Roybal-Allard (D) CA

Norma Torres (D) CA

Maxine Waters (D) CA

Nanette Barragan CA

Rosa DeLauro CT

Katherine Porter CA

Jahana Hayes CT

Susan Davis CA

Eleanor Holmes Norton DC

Diana DeGette CO

Lisa Blunt-Rochester DE

Stephanie Murphy FL

Debbie Wasserman-Schultz FL

Val Demings FL

Frederica Wilson FL

Kathy Castor FL

Debbie Mucarsel-Powell F

Lois Frankel FL

Donna Shalala FL

Lucy McBath GA

Jan Schakowsky IL

Tulsi Gabbard HI

Robin Kelly IL

Abby Finkenauer IA

Lauren Underwood IL

Cindy Axne IA

Cheri Bustos IL

Jackie Walorski IN

Chellie Pingree ME 

Susan Brooks IN

Katherine Clark MA

Sharice Davids KS

Ayanna Pressley MA

Lori Trahan MA

Elissa Slotkin MI

Haley Stevens MI

Angie Craig MN

Debbie Dingell MI

Betty McCollum MN

Rashida Tlaib MI

Ilhan Omar MN

Brenda Lawrence MI

Ann Wagner MO

Vicky Hartzler MO

Mikie Sherrill NJ

Virginia Foxx NC

Bonnie Watson-Coleman NJ

Alma Adams NC

Debra Haaland NM

Ann McLane Kuster NH

Xochitl Torres Small NM

Dina Titus NV

Nydia Velazquez NY

Susie Lee NV

Yvette Clarke NY

Kathleen Rice NY

Carolyn Maloney NY

Grace Meng NY

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez NY

Nita Lowey NY

Marcia Fudge OH

 Elise Stefanik NY

Kendra Horn OK

Joyce Beatty OH

Suzanne Bonamici OR

Marcy Kaptur OH

Madeleine Dean PA

Mary Gay Scanlon PA

Elizabeth Pannill-Fletcher TX

Chrissy Houlahan PA

Kay Granger TX

Susan Wild PA

Veronica Escobar TX

Jenniffer Gonzalez PR

Sheila Jackson Lee TX

Sylvia Garcia TX

Jennifer Wexton VA

Eddie Bernice Johnson TX

Stacey Plaskett VI

Elaine Luria VA

Suzan DelBene WA

Abigail Spanberger  VA

Jaime Herrera Beutler WA

Catherine McMorris Rodgers WA

Carol Miller WV

Pramila Jayapal WA

Liz Cheney WY

Kim Schrier WA

Gwen Moore WI