Do Your WHITEWORK: embroidery & racial justice workshop, james and janie washington cultural center, Wednesday, 08. May 2019

Join us as we reimagine the power of sewing circles. Sewing circles have existed for hundreds of years. They innately bring intimacy and community amongst stitchers, which makes it the perfect environment for the work of eradicating our internal biases. “Do Your Whitework” is a DIY toolkit and course that uses embroidery to create an intimate and vulnerable space in which participants can open themselves to radically new ways of learning about themselves and their positions within white supremacist systems. The course teaches two basic embroidery stitches, the back stitch and the satin fill stitch. Meanwhile Scholl guides participants through a discussion on white supremacy and white people’s complicity in racist institutions and systems, while fostering new accountability relationships.
Throughout the 4 week course Scholl will demonstrate the basic stitches, so everyone can get to stitching the word WHITEWORK. Filling in this word is a slow, repetitive process. During this time she guides participants through a discussion of their own complicity in the racist system we exist in today, specifically calling out moments we caused harm. Each week will have a different focus and feature a Person of Color lead Organization to donate to or volunteer with. Our final session will end by discussing White Savoirism, as the primary way white people “help” and brainstorming ways we could have responded differently in those moments where we caused harm. This list will serve as the content for our final activity, stitching them anywhere on the item. Participants end the course having advanced their stitching skills, and importantly having embarked on a journey toward confronting their own complicity while fostering new relationships to keep them accountable. The stitchwork they take home serves as an ongoing reminder of this commitment.
Course is held on Wednesday evenings 630-830pm. May 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th.

Heather Marie Scholl is an artist and activist at the intersection of embroidery and social justice. This course combines her two loves. It builds on her fine art series, Whitework which uses whitework embroidery to explore white women’s roles in white supremacy, and the skills she has honed developing and facilitating the workshop Confront White Womanhood, which seeks to encourage white feminists to examine their own complicity to create a stronger, more intersectional movement for feminist liberation. Her work has been featured on i-D, Cosmopolitan, Bust, Huffington Post and Vice. She has traveled around the country with both projects.
Dr. James and Janie Washington Cultural Center is hosting this course and Heather Marie Scholl as an artist in resident for the month of May. The center preserves the art and legacy of James and Janie Washington, who were committed to creativity and community building. Through an explorating of spirituality and art making their legacy highlights the healing and transcendent nature of art.
*Participants will each recieve a Totebag. If you are an experienced stitcher and would like to use a Tshirt please purchase you ticket and contact me with your size by APRIL 22nd.
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Wednesday, 08. May 2019, james and janie washington cultural center, Do Your WHITEWORK: embroidery & racial justice workshop

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