Image Credit: Squares used in the Perry Park Yarnstorm project; Photo by Vanessa Marcoux
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 sewing circles to the Pussyhat Project, craft has become a catalyst for social and political change.
Catalyst aims to bring together examples of contemporary, handmade objects from traditional fiber art mediums such as embroidery, knitting, crochet, sewing, quilting and weaving that speak to causes such as healthcare, homelessness, politics, the environment, feminism, civil rights 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
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 (2013) and Art and Reclamation: Emerging Female Artists (2015).