In Conversation with Diana Weymar- Free!
The Arts Council takes great pride in our diverse community of artists, authors, and creatives of all disciplines. In Conversation is a curated series of discussions designed to celebrate and connect those who make art and those who love art! Breaking down the barriers between artist and art-appreciator, In Conversation delves into inspiration, studio practice, and artistic aspirations
Textile artist and activist Diana Weymar will be in conversation with Timothy M. Andrews, art collector and major supporter of the Arts Council of Princeton’s Artist-in-Residence program, for virtual conversation. Register HERE.
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Diana Weymar is an artist and activist. She grew up in the wilderness of Northern British Columbia, studied creative writing at Princeton University, and worked in film in New York City.
Diana was the Arts Council’s 2016 Anne Reeves Artist-in-Residence. While in residency with the ACP, Diana created Interwoven Stories, a community-based narrative stitching project featuring hundreds of 3-hole fabric “pages”, stitched with memories, places, and people by members of the Princeton community. By 2019, Interwoven Stories had expanded to an international capacity with the original project in Princeton inspiring people around the world to join the collective narrative.
Diana is also the creator of The Tiny Pricks Project. Contributors from around the world are stitching Donald Trump’s words into textiles, creating the material record of his presidency and of the movement against it. Tiny Pricks has received press in The New Yorker, BBC News, Financial Times, and more. The project is currently featured in Mixed Messages, a group show at the Beacon Gallery (Boston, MA), bringing together multiple artists and their work around the concept of sexual violence.
Tiny Pricks Project holds a creative space in a tumultuous political climate. The collection counterbalances the impermanence of Twitter and other social media, and Trump’s statements as president through the use of textiles that embody warmth, craft, permanence, civility, and a shared history. The daintiness and integrity of each piece stand in stark contrast to his presidency.
Diana has worked on projects with Build Peace (in Nicosia, Bogota, Zurich, and Belfast), the Arts Council of Princeton, the Nantucket Atheneum, the W.E.B. Du Bois Center at UMass Amherst, the University of Puget Sound, The Zen Hospice Project (San Francisco), the Peddie School, Open Arts Space (Damascus, Syria), Trans Tipping Point Project (Victoria, BC), New York Textile Month, Textile Arts Center (Brooklyn, NY), The Wing (NYC and SF), and Alison Cornyn’s Incorrigibles project, as well as Syrian journalist and activist Mansour Omari. She is a judge/presenter for All Stitched Up at the University of Puget Sound. She has also curated exhibitions at the Princeton, NJ headquarters of Fortune 500 company, NRG Energy, and exhibits for the Arts Council of Princeton. Her work has been exhibited and collected in the United States and Canada.
This program is a part of the Arts Council’s apART together initiative, created to provide virtual programming in order to stay creative and connected during this time while we are all physically distancing.
Diana’s photo credit: Yvnonne Tnt