Beginning Wednesday, January 8 we are hosting a weekly Stitching Circle in the MCAD Library with the purpose of participating in the 25 Million Stitches project. This is a participatory art project initiated by California-based artist Jennifer Kim Sohn that has two main objectives:
1) To engage as many people as possible to raise awareness of the global refugee crisis and
2) To amass 25 million stitches to visually represent the sheer volume of this astronomical figure of refugees.
Everyone in the MCAD Community is invited to participate in this project to hand stitch 25 million stitches: one stitch for each of the 25 million people who have had to flee their homes due to genocide, war, poverty, natural disasters, and other threats.
Volunteers have been working to hand stitch on fabric panels. They have already over 1,400 participants from 44 states and many countries overseas. The community art project will come together into a single striking fiber arts display that will open June 5, 2020 at the Verve Arts Center in Sacramento, CA. To assemble all of the panels together they must be received no later than April 30, 2020.
MCAD's 25 Million Stitches Circle will meet every Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. Drop in for as long or as often as you like.
Dates : January 8 to April 22, which is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.
Location: MCAD Library, Morrison Building
- We have requested 25 muslin panels (15" wide x 17 to 35" long) from the 25 Million Stitches organization, but participants can also bring their own (preferably recycled and unbleached) linens.
- We would like to provide embroidery floss, so if you have extra (leftovers from that friendship bracelet-making period?) please bring it with you to the January 8 meeting or drop it off with Diana Eicher, printshop director, or Kerry Morgan, gallery director.
- Scissors and needles will be provided.
No experience necessary. This is also open to the general public so bring a friend!