PollyWebber Designs: Wearable Art with a Message

There is a pressing need for immigration reform in the United States. The Dreamers captured the hearts of a majority of Americans, and the taking of the children captured their outrage. It is time to bring this issue forward whatever way possible. This is my small contribution.

My refugee-themed triptych, “Refugee Dilemma,” uses multiple traditionally hand-hooked rugs to tell a story about people fleeing from persecution to a safe haven. Indeed, it is a tribute to the hundreds of thousands of people who seek refuge from their places of origin annually throughout the world. The dilemma comes from people feeling that they have no choice but to leave their homes for an unknown and insecure future.

Fleeing from Persecution

Hooked in 2017, this rug borrows the iconic image from San Diego traffic signs warning motorists of people running across the freeway from Mexico.

Caught in the Covfefe

Hooked in 2018, this rug is original in its design, and here, “covfefe” means the inhumane hell that refugees, and especially children, have been put through at the border, in recent times.

Safe Haven

Hooked in late 2017, this rug symbolizes the achievement of every immigrant’s dream, to be safe from persecution, in a country where they will be appreciated. It is only aspirational at this moment, sadly.

©Polly A. Webber. All rights reserved

Wearable Art for Sale

On sale through this website are scarves, ties and tee shirts with designs from the above refugee-themed rugs. Photos appear below. Profits from sales ($10 per item) go to several different immigrant rights groups who are providing extraordinary services to migrant families along the southern border, particularly to women and children. Please contact me for more information.

ItemAvailable SizesPrice
Scarfone size$40.00
Tie one size$30.00
Women’s Tee(order one size up)M, L, XL, 2X$40.00
Men’s Tee (order normal size)M, L, XL$40.00

Prices do not include shipping, sales tax and insurance. I usually send items via Priority Mail. One item should cost less than $10 to send. The cost for multiple items depends upon their weight and the destination. Please send me your order and I will respond with the cost of shipping, sales tax and insurance.

The scarf was my first product with these images. The original Fleeing from Persecution is on the right with a reversed image on the left. The original Caught in the Covfefe is second from the left, with the reverse image at second from the right. They are all pointing to the center, Safe Haven. A draped photo of the scarf appears below.

The tie is modeled by one of the first people who bought it! He wore it to Immigration Court and won his asylum case that day! It is made of polyester.

The women’s tee shirts come in M, L, XL and 2X. They run very small, so choose at least one size up. I am wearing the XL in this photo. I have men’s shirts in M, L and XL in this same design. The tees are 100% cotton but seem to be pre-shrunk.

This is the other men’s tee shirt design. The tees are 100% cotton but seem to be pre-shrunk.

The graphic on the men’s tee shirt is over the breast area.

This graphic, taken by PhotosbyMarissa.com, appears on the back of each tee shirt, men’s and women’s. The photographer thoughtfully arranged the scarf so that it continues to reflect the refugee narrative.

The scarf is made of chiffon and drapes beautifully. It can be worn like this or tied together.

The scarf is presented in these 3″x 3″ boxes, making it a perfect gift item!

Please email me with your order, at popster49@gmail.com and include your name, address and phone number. If you order a tee shirt, please include the size, whether men’s or women’s, and which design if it’s a men’s shirt. If you order a scarf, you can also choose which gift box you would like. I will respond via email. Please note that I take payment via Zelle, PayPal or check.

Thank you for looking at my website! I hope to hear from you soon!

Polly Webber was an immigration lawyer in San Jose, CA for 18 years before becoming an immigration judge in 1995. An officer in the American Immigration Lawyers Association for many years, she was National President in 1989-90. Over her last ten years on the bench, and in retirement since January 2017, she has been a fiber artist, mainly in traditional rug hooking and yarn arts.

For her these activities are forms of meditation that have been an important counterbalance to the pressures and intense focus of being an immigration judge.