WHAT SHE DOES:
She writes them
Coming from an abundant legacy of clothworkers, caregivers, and story tenders, stories are Jeanne’s oxygen. Sometimes stage is the page, sometime it’s the stage, sometimes it’s a soapbox, and sometimes it’s a piece of cloth. I write, stitch, and perform stories about remarkable, resourceful, resilient women (Pink Galoshes Portraits, I call them – you know, women who, when faced with adversities, pull on their pink galoshes and tromp on through the mud and the muck to get to where they need to go.); about people with special needs (like Nancy, for example); about dark spots in world history.
WHO SHE IS:
Jeanne, the Family Woman . . . Southern to the bone, Jeanne is your basic complicated simple red dirt girl fluent only in English and Southern, Charming and Cranky. She feels most beautiful when wearing earrings that dangle and skirts that caper. Having survived two teenagers, a Cesarean delivery without anesthesia, hanging wallpaper with her husband, and Christmas, 1993, in her personal life, Jeanne is most proud of the fact that she never, ever had to attend a PTA meeting under an assumed name.
Jeanne, The 70273 Project Founder . . . When she’s not stitching the drawings of her mentally disabled sister-in-law, Nancy, Jeanne Hewell-Chambers often fills her pen and gives her big, fat, crazy ideas to some fictional woman to pursue. But this time, when The 70273 Project idea came to call, Jeanne pushed up her own sleeves to live this idea into life, and a wonderful wonderful (if imperfect, at times) decision. Drawing on her Bachelor of Science in Education and a Masters Degree in Transformative Language Arts as well as her life experience as Textile Artist, Special Ed Teacher, Workshop Facilitator, Professional Storyteller, Writer, sister-in-law to Nancy, and lifelong Caregiver, Jeanne feels like everything she’s ever done has led her to these pairs of red X’s. And she couldn’t feel more honored about that.
ABOUT THE 70273 PROJECT
The 70273 Project is an international textile art project encompassing art, history, quilts and quilting, leadership, creativity, social justice, disabilities, civic engagement, and more as people from around the world come together to commemorate the 70,273 people with disabilities murdered by Nazis between January 1940 and August 1941 while raising awareness of people with disabilities today. W do what we can to encourage not just respecting, but embracing differences and learning from each other.