Student Studio: Sewing Circle with Marie Watt
September 24, 2021, 1 PM EST
Location: Emory Quadrangle
*In the event of rain, the sewing circle will be held in Ackerman Hall on Level Three of the Museum and masks will be required in accordance with Emory’s Gathering Policy.
This event sponsored by the Hightower Lecture Fund, the Michael C. Carlos Museum, and Emory University’s departments of Art History, English, Sociology, Anthropology, African American Studies, History, Film and Media Studies, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and the James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference
Artist Marie Watt (Seneca), has been holding sewing circles for 15 years. They are integral to her artistic practice as direct opportunities to engage with communities and build relationships, to share her belief in the connective power of creating together. The many hands and voices brought together during sewing circles inform and define the eventual piece, embedding the participants’ stories into the very stitches and knots.
Sewing circles are inclusive by nature and by design. Everyone’s voice is equal in a circle; circles can expand or contract as needed to create space. The panels being stitched often start with an Indigenous point of view and these themes then become touchstones for conversation, connection, and cross-cultural knowledge generously exchanged by participants.
Join Marie Watt on the historic Emory quadrangle for a sewing circle inspired by US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo’s collection, An American Sunrise.
- No sewing experience necessary
- Come and go as you wish
- Bring a friend and pass the invitation on to others