The Mourning Project is a huge community fiber art project to collect 23,000 handmade baby booties, one for each American infant who dies before her first birthday every year. The US has the worst infant mortality rate in the developed world. This project seeks to educate the makers and viewers about the issue, and start a discussion on how we can address this as a country.
The YWCA of Southern Arizona hosted the first installation of The Mourning Project, Little Elegies, April 2019 in Tucson. By this time makers contribute over 3,000 pairs of handmade baby shoes. These are some images of the first exhibition. Future installations will vary by venue as more makers donate booties.