Kravet’s Groundworks fabrics line has debuted a collection inspired by Mary Fisher’s visual artistry and HIV/AIDS activism. Fisher, known for her 1992 Republican National Convention speech in which she advocated for HIV/AIDS patients, including herself, is also the recipient of five honorary doctorates and author of six books, including her best-selling memoir, Messenger.
The collection communicates her watercolor paintings, textile collages and quilted artwork, via printed, woven and embroidered fabrics and trimmings in neutrals, blues, aquas and metallics. “My color palette probably owes a good deal to my many years of work in Africa and my affection for the American Southwest,” said Fisher. “Even when I don’t intend it, I sometimes see a design I recognize from Zambia or Uganda, or a color that’s right out of the red rocks of Sedona.”
A portion of the proceeds from the collection will be donated to the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA). Shares Cary Kravet, “Mary Fisher’s commitment to philanthropy infuses every aspect of her life and her art. Her work for, with, and on behalf of the AIDS community both in the U.S. and abroad is unparalleled in scope. Donating a portion of the proceeds from Mary’s Groundworks fabric collection to DIFFA was a natural way for us to honor her commitment to the cause of AIDS awareness, treatment and prevention.”