Interwoven Stories: A Princeton Community Project
created by Diana Weymar, Spring 2016 Artist-in-Residence
For this Community Stitching Project, Diana Weymar invites all Princeton-area residents to share their stories through embroidery. Over 200 fabric pages – created to look like traditional 3-hole lined paper – will be distributed to community members of all ages to document a favorite place, a memory, or personal experience through embroidery.
Interwoven Stories participants, present and future, are invited to join Diana Weymar for a series of free workshops offered at the Arts Council’s Paul Robeson Center and the Princeton Public Library. The workshops will include a short presentation on the project, samples of stitching, hands-on help with individual projects, and will provide a chance to meet other participants. Please come for as long or little as you like. Drop-ins are welcome!
Interwoven Stories Workshops:
Friday, April 15, 2-5pm – Princeton Public Library
65 Witherspoon Street, Princeton
Saturday, April 16, 1-3pm – Paul Robeson Center for the Arts
102 Witherspoon Street, Princeton
Sunday, April 17, 1-6pm (during Communiversity ArtsFest) – Paul Robeson Center for the Arts
Project: Two hundred fabric 3-hole lined “pages” handed out to be stitched by Princeton residents, returned, and installed in local institutions.
Participants are invited to take one of two approaches to the content of their pages:
Cultural Mapping: identify a part of Princeton community that is an important to you. This could be cultural, historical, geographic, organizational, a well-known public or historical figure, your favorite restuarant, your home, a place you like to walk, a local author… anything Princeton related.
A Personal Page: create a page about yourself. This could be abstract or realistic, include text, family history, another language… anything that is related to you.
Once you have a idea for your page, map it out, draw it on the fabric page, and start stitching! If you have question about your page layout, please attend the Stitching Workshop or stop by the Taplin Gallery during Communiversity for to discuss your project. Please email Diana with the subject line “Interwoven Stories” or stop by the Arts Council during business hours for further questions.
Please join us!
1. Pages and sewing kits (needle, thread, hoop) can be picked up after March 5th, 2016 at the front reception desk of the Arts Council and at the Help Desk at Princeton Public Library.
2. You can make a draft of your design on a regular 8 1/2 x 11 ” piece of paper. To trace your pattern onto the cotton page, use a light box or outline your drawing on the paper page in black marker, overlay the fabric page, and hold both up to window to trace. You can also use carbon paper to transfer your drawing to the fabric. Washable sewing markers can be purchased at Michael’s or other craft stores. The lines on the paper do not have to be used in a specific way but please work with the pink line to the left of the page. Please do not attach objects, other textile, photos, etc. to the pages; just thread.
3. If this is your first time stitching, please attend a workshop or consult with someone with experience using the hoop, threading a needle, selecting thickness of thread, and stitching. You can email Diana (email@example.com), check the Arts Council website for workshops, or contact Maria Evans (609.924.8777 x 105, firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions.
4. u may fill your entire page or leave part of it blank. Please do not be concerned about stains or making “mistakes.” There is no right or wrong kind of page.
5. Please return your page to the Arts Council no later than May 25th. It’s up to you whether or not you stitch your name into your page but PLEASE be sure to put it on a piece of masking tape on the back of the page so that we can list the location of your page on the website when it is installed.
6. If you feel that you are going to be unable to finish your project by May 25th, please return it to the front desk at the Arts Council before that date so that it can be recycled for another participant. You can leave unfinished work on the page as this project is limited to 200 pages. You’re welcome to work on your page with others. If you are participating through a group or organization, please return it to your instructor/coordinator when you’re finished.
7. If you are participating through a group or organization, you can return your page to your instructor/coordinator when you have finished.
9. Check the Arts Council website for details about the display of the final project.
There will be a featured exhibition, Every Fiber of My Being, in the Arts Council’s Taplin Gallery, on view from March 5 – April 18, of embroidery and textile art if you are looking for inspiration or ideas. Join us for an Opening Reception and Artist Talk.
Possible Stitching Prompts to get your started:
Stitch a Six Word Memoir
Write a letter to someone
Stitch about what makes a place a community or a home
Create a page in memory of a loved one.
Subject matter can be political, spiritual, and personal.
Trace photos, images, graphics on the page and then stitch.
Thank you so much for being part of this project!
Diana Weymar has participated in community building textile projects in Victoria B.C., Maine, and Cyprus, Greece. She is preparing for a project in Zurich 2016 with Build Peace. She has shown her textile and sculptural work in galleries in British Columbia.
Your absence has gone through me
Like a thread through a needle.
Everything I do is stitched with its color.
W.S. Merwin, Separation
Every Fiber of My Being
A group exhibition entitled Every Fiber of My Being will be on view in the Arts Council’s Taplin Gallery from March 5 through April 18 of embroidery and textile art. Please feel free to visit this show if you are looking for inspiration for your own sewing project.
Saturday, March 5, 3-5pm
Sunday, March 6, 1-3pm
April 20, 2016 – Textile Artist Diana Weymar ’91 Brings Her Craft to Princeton, Princeton Alumni Weekly
April 14, 2016 – Fiber artist creates ‘Interwoven Stories’ with Needle and Thread, Newsworks.org
March 4, 2016 – Exhibit to Showcase Textile and Contemporary Embroidery, CentralJersey.com
March 2, 2016 – The Arts Council of Princeton Presents Textile Exhibition, Towwntopics.com