A Common Thread by Loren Meyer

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Artist Statement

"This is my grandmother's story. Anne Schneps came to US from "the old country," Austria-Hungary, just prior to WWI. She escaped certain death to join her brother in America. All the family members who remained in Europe were murdered because they were Jews. My grandmother had a treacherous journey. She told me that she hid in sewers until she could get to the ship and journey to safety. Anne arrived at Ellis Island on a Friday night. Her brother, an Orthodox Jew, could not meet her because it was the Sabbath. My grandmother spent her first night in America alone, sleeping on a bench. Her brother picked her up after the Sabbath. She was just eleven years old. Married and widowed by the age of 40, she took over her husband's tailoring business, working another 45 years. She had to retire at age 85, when she lost her sight to macular degeneration. She lived with my mother and father until her death at the age of 102. Grandma lived 91 years after her arrival in the USA. She raised her two sons and was able to see all her grandchildren marry and have children of their own. She is my hero. My grandmothers story is every refugee's story. This is why I chose to my grandmother?s journey to encircle a collage of refugee stories around a common theme. I used thread, notions, and a needle from my grandmother's sewing kit, and weaved women travelers into the journey picture. This was her pathway to living, the fabric of survival. Our country?s compassion toward refugees is the fabric upon which the American way of life was tailored." - Loren Meyer

Loren Meyer enjoys creating art that tells powerful stories. She generally works with pen and ink, paint, or various multi-media endeavors. Her next project is a Ketubah (Jewish marriage document) for her own upcoming wedding to Rabbi Dan Gordon. The couple lives in Houston with some of her adult children and some of their dogs.

About We Were Strangers Too

We Were Strangers Too is a collection of designs showing how diverse and universal the refugee experience truly is. Proceeds support the Anti-Defamation League, the nation's premier civil rights/human relations agency, fighting anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all.

About our Prints

Each poster is hand-printed and handled, to make sure that only the highest quality is offered and sent out. The matte paper and high quality of inks make for a vibrant image which looks great both framed, and au-naturel. Printed in Los Angeles, CA, on Epson Enhanced Matte Paper, heavyweight stock, high color gamut, using Epson UltraChrome HDR ink-jet technology. Framed posters offer the same, museum-quality printed poster, but wrapped in a protective black frame. The frame is lightweight and includes a shatter-resistant acrylite front protector, so it won't break in the mail. International orders may be subject to customs duties & taxes.