Interwoven Stories is a community-based narrative stitching project created in March 2016. Conceived and facilitated by Diana Weymar, 2016 Artist-in-Residence, the project has enjoyed amazing support of the community through so many eager volunteer stitchers.
Interwoven Stories created a special dialogue within the Princeton community. With some participants picking up a needle and thread for the first time, each stitcher received a blank 3-hole fabric page to tell a story through their memories, honor beloved family or friends, or return home to a favorite place through needle and thread.
The response to this project exceeded our wildest expectations. Each page spoke to the generosity, diversity, spirit, commitment, and creativity of this community and ultimately, more than 100 completed pages were donated to Interwoven Stories 2016 and displayed in our Taplin Gallery.
In 2018, we expanded to Interwoven Stories International when Diana returned to the Arts Council after taking the project on the road for two years to curate more than 250 pages collected from Princeton, The Peddie School, the Nantucket Stitching Gam, the Zen Hospice Project (San Francisco), Open Space Art (Damascus, Syria), Build Peace (Columbia), the University of Puget Sound (Tacoma), Yarns/NoDominion Theater (Jersey City), and Trans Tipping Point Project (Victoria, BC).
To say the least, we’ve all been through a lot since then, from COVID to fraught elections and civil unrest. Once again, we feel there is so much to say – so much to stitch! So get ready, because here we go again.
We’re pleased to announce Interwoven Stories: The Final Chapter will be going national, culminating in an exhibition on view in our Taplin Gallery June 4 – July 2, 2022.
Don’t miss your chance to be included in this dynamic project by adding your voice, your thread, and your thoughts to our permanent collection of pages.
We’re pleased to announce the inclusion of local resident and Interwoven Stories participant Kyle Burkhardt to our team. Kyle will be both organizing behind the scenes and leading stitching workshops for those who need help,or just want to stitch with others. And, of course, we’re thrilled to have Diana involved once again after her work has reached tremendous popularity nationwide.
Get your needles sharpened and your creative juices flowing because we will have pages ready for local pick-up and nationwide shipping on February 15. We can’t wait to see what this next chapter brings us.