Lorraine Benjamin is a fabric artist from Willseyville NY and a member of the "Quilt Divas" (thequiltdivas.com)- an association of quilt & fabric artists from the Fingerlakes region of Upstate New York.
The Quilt Divas created an auction quilt to benefit the "Dining for Women" charity (diningforwomen.org) - an organization of women helping women that donates funds to charities that empower women & girls throughout the developing world.
Lorraine created a panel inspired by the Mali-based "Clinique Monique", which seeks to reduce Mali's extremely high infant and mother childbirth mortality by funding better clinics and training rural midwives.
In this interview Lorraine discusses why her experiences as a nurse and mother of six helped her choose "Clinique Monique" (womenstrust.org/content/clinique-monique) for her quilt panel, and how she used African-inspired fabrics to depict an expectant Mali mother.
Bruce McKee (brucemckee.org) - interview, video, & video editing.
Sheryl Sinkow (sinkowphotography.com) - high-resolution quilt photo used for quilt closeup shots.