The Artists’ Association of Nantucket and the Nantucket Atheneum present a one year community-based stitching and textile project inspired by life on Nantucket.
Participants are asked to create a work that celebrates their experience of Nantucket. It can be made up of images or words or both. The content of the pages will be open and prescriptive so as to give people plenty of room to express themselves. Anyone interested in participating can pick up a free kit of embroidery materials at a monthly stitching workshop.
Want to make a page? Come to a stitching workshop on January 23 or February 6 at 5:30 pm at the Atheneum to get a free kit, create a design or stitch together. There will be people on hand to help you with all phases of the project.
The project concludes during the 2018 Nantucket Arts Festival with an exhibit of handcrafted, embroidered “pages” made by Nantucketers. In addition, the Interwoven Stories project includes a printed catalog with a photograph of each work and a short artist statement.
The kits contain a cotton “page” and the supplies needed. Throughout the year, the two organizations will hold monthly stitching sessions as well as other programs that fete the talent of the island’s many stitchers, both past and present.
The project was started by island summer resident Diana Weymar (website: www.dianaweymar.com) who has facilitated other Interwoven Stories in New Jersey and Washington State. Weymar kicked off the project this past fall by showing works from other projects and will help curate and celebrate the 2018 exhibit.
The project has received a grant from the Nantucket Arts Council.
Future workshops will be posted on the Nantucket Atheneum calendar.
Photo: A section of Laurie Gilmour’s page, titled “No Time For Housework!”