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Yvonne Wakefield

Yvonne Wakefield Updated March 08, 2015




Yvonne Wakefield

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Yvonne Wakefield
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A spirited artist with a can-do attitude, Yvonne Wakefield leaves behind a secure life in the lush Pacific Northwest to teach art in the desert state of Kuwait. Over the course of six years, she will instruct university-aged Muslim women, earn her students’ trust, and learn the consequences of freedom of expression, taken for granted in one culture but not granted in another. Despite obstacles set by her detractors, she persists, and her students and life in Kuwait flourish. Yet the traps never disappear, only multiply, as others set more for her, intent on denying what they have no desire to understand. Told from the unique perspective of an artist, Suitcase Filled with Nails is a colorful, true, timely, rare and riveting tale about living and coping in the Middle East.

Yvonne Pepin-Wakefield is an internationally recognized artist and art educator with a doctorate in Human Organizational Systems. She divides her time between a log cabin that she built at age 18 in the mountains of Oregon, a home on the Columbia River and a studio constructed in a renovated apple warehouse in Tieton, Washington. See the art referenced in Suitcase Filled with Nails at

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