Image credit (work from left to right): Celeste Hanlon, Jenna DeLuca, Dena Haden
For many generations, makers have used the familiarity of the domestic arts to build community, raise awareness, and make powerful statements about causes they care about. From vibrant protest banners to comforting quilts for refugees, craft has become a catalyst for social and political change.
Catalyst brings together examples of contemporary, handmade objects from traditional fiber art mediums such as embroidery, knitting, quilting and weaving that speak to causes such as healthcare, homelessness, women’s rights, immigration, climate change, and more. The exhibition does not aim to endorse any particular ideologies or views, but to examine the creative ways in which craft and activism collide and the strength in their reaction.
This exhibition will coincide with the 10th year of the Wrap Around Project, a sale of handmade goods to benefit the Somerville Homeless Coalition, which takes place at the Nave Gallery each December.
Nave Gallery (Teele Square), 155 Powder House Blvd, Somerville, MA
Sunday, November 19, 2017; 3:00 pm-5:00 pm
Includes the opening of Wrap Around, an annual sale of handmade good to support the Somerville Homeless Coalition.
November 18, 2017 – December 30, 2017
Saturdays and Sundays, 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Karen Krolak and Nicole Harris in collaboration with the Sanctuary Printshop and the Welcome Blanket Project
Cheyenne McCarter and Catherine Tutter / Spin a Yarn, Weave a Life
Alexandra Zevin / People’s Puppets of Occupy Wall Street
ABOUT THE CURATOR:
Vanessa Marcoux is a knitter and museum administrator who is passionate about all things handmade. She has been involved with the Wrap Around project since 2012 and has co-curated the Nave Gallery shows You Are Here: Maps and Art (2013) and Reclamation: Emerging Female Artists (2015).