World Bicycle Relief®

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Marie Bergstedt
Materials: SRAM parts, cotton crochet, button work with embroidery threads over needlepoint canvas, fulled wool felt, found bicycle wheel, tube, umbrella shaft, wire, acrylic stuffing, fiberboard base
Statement: For five years my artwork has celebrated people I know who traverse daunting challenges to achieve masterful living. With the SRAM pART PROJECT I expanded my vision through broad web searches, to Africa and a beautiful Zambian woman. I named her Paean as I stitched her image under a protective umbrella and pondered the pedals in her future. Her name denotes a song of joyful praise, an ancient Greek hymn of thanksgiving. Through her I send gratefulness for World Bicycle Relief and best wishes for empowerment to the people they serve.

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