Even in the darkest times of slavery, people found a way to give hope through art. Sewing certain patterns into quilts and displaying them outside transmitted messages to the guides that helped the escaping slaves.
The bear paw was part of the Quilt Codes of the Underground Railroad. It signaled to runaway slaves to follow the paths through the woods make by bears. Harriet Tubman was one of the heroes of the Underground Railroad. At great risk to herself she went back to guild groups to freedom.
A collograph with transferred image. A collograph is a raised image that created on a plate. The plate is sealed and then can be inked and run through a flat bed press so that multiple prints can be created.
18" x 22"