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Katja May

I'm an avid quilter and a researcher and lecturer at the University of Kent. My research is interested in the politics of needlework and explores how textile crafts like quilting, embroidery and knitting are employed as tools for political activism.

I like to you use scraps and upcycled materials (especially damask sheets) in my quilts.
All my quilts are either hand quilted or machine quilted by myself on my home sewing machine.

I blog about my research and quilting practice at

I'm available for engaging and accessible talks with lots of pictures on the following topics:
"Quilts and Activism"
"Guldusi - an Afghan-European Embroidery Initiative"
"Feminism, Race and the Contemporary Quilt World"
"Craftivism - Changing the World one Stitch at a Time"
"Quilts in Literature"

Get in touch with me

I am available as a speaker.

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