Maya Ying Lin © Meggan Czapiga

Maya Ying Lin

Meggan Czapiga

Schwenksville, Pennsylvania, USA

Artist Statement

I was inspired to make this art quilt by Maya Lin and her design for “The Wall”, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. I constructed my quilt in several panels to represent the panels that make up The Wall. I utilized hand dyed and over-painted fabrics to create two paper-pieced panels which represent her trend toward minimalism and abstraction.

The third (middle) panel is made up of three panel images of pictures that I have taken at the Wall during my various visits. The Panels are separated by bias constructed from hand dyed silk ribbon (purple) and satin ribbon (bronze). The purple ribbon represents the many Purple Heart medals that have been left at The Wall and the bronze ribbon represents the Bronze Start medals that have been left there as well.

Woman’s Groundbreaking Accomplishment

Maya Ying Lin designed one of the most moving monuments in the nation’s capital – The Vietnam Veterans Memorial.


Paper-piecing, photo transfer, machine quilting


Hand dyed fabric, original photos, silk ribbon, satin ribbon, black faux latex fabric