Embroidery artists of Au Grain de Sésame (Rabat, Morocco) and members of the Quilters of Color Network of New York share their traditional textile techniques, 2015. Photo credit: Lonnie Graham. Traditional hand-embroidered patchwork. Photo credit: Lonnie Graham. Detail of collaboration between the Quilters of Color Network of New York and the embroidery artists of Au Grain de Sésame (Rabat, Morocco), 2015. Photo credit: Lonnie Graham. Detail of traditional Moroccan embroidery technique. Photo credit: Lonnie Graham. Embroidery artists from Au Grain de Sésame, Rabat, Morocco, who will travel to Philadelphia, PA to conduct a public embroidery workshop in June 2015 in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, 2015. Photo credit: Lonnie Graham.
Embroidery artists of Au Grain de Sésame (Rabat, Morocco) and members of the Quilters of Color Network of New York share their traditional textile techniques, 2015. Photo credit: Lonnie Graham.
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Traditional hand-embroidered patchwork. Photo credit: Lonnie Graham.
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Detail of collaboration between the Quilters of Color Network of New York and the embroidery artists of Au Grain de Sésame (Rabat, Morocco), 2015. Photo credit: Lonnie Graham.
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Detail of traditional Moroccan embroidery technique. Photo credit: Lonnie Graham.
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Embroidery artists from Au Grain de Sésame, Rabat, Morocco, who will travel to Philadelphia, PA to conduct a public embroidery workshop in June 2015 in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, 2015. Photo credit: Lonnie Graham.
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By the Work of Her Hands

June 5, 2015–July 5, 2015

Opening Reception:
Thursday, June 4, 2015 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Space is limited for this workshop, please RSVP by clicking here, thank you.
 
Public Opening Reception
Friday, June 5, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm
 
New York University and l’Institut Spécialisé du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel students'
website featuring oral histories of the participating women.


The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) is pleased to present By the Work of Her Hands, an exhibition of embroidered and quilted textiles created through a museum partnership with Tangier American Legation Museum. The partnership is part of the Museums Connect program, an initiative of the U.S. Department of State. Administered by the American Alliance of Museums, Museums Connect pairs museums in the U.S. with museums abroad for a cross-cultural exchange that brings people, especially youth, together through community projects that address important topics, such as women's empowerment and environmental protection, among others.
 
The Fabric Workshop and Museum has a long history of collaborating with contemporary artists on projects that utilize new materials and media, including quilting; two examples—Tar Beach 2 by Faith Ringgold and Takin’ a Chance on Luv by Betye Saar—have been selected to compliment the textile work on view in By the Work of Her Hands.
 
Through this international collaboration, two groups of traditional makers—the Quilters of Color Network of New York and the Au Grain de Sésame embroidery artists from Rabat, Morocco—created new work that showcases stories of unique cultural exchange, and also conceived of a series of public textile-making workshops. Students from New York University and l’Institut Spécialisé du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel worked with photographer Lonnie Graham to document the work of both groups in order to sustain and preserve traditional textile-making applications.
 

The following institutions collaborated on By the Work of Her Hands:
The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM), Philadelphia; New York University (NYU), New York; the Quilters of Color Network of New York; Au Grain de Sésame, Rabat, Morocco; l’Institut Spécialisé du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel (ISCA), Rabat, Morocco; and Tangier American Legation Museum (TALIM), Tangier, Morocco.

Special thanks to U.S. Project Coordinator Jacqueline Bishop and Moroccan Project Coordinator Asmaa Benachir for coordinating this cultural exchange, the students from NYU and ISCA, the Quilters of Color Network of New York participants, Au Grain de Sésame embroidery artists, and the partnering museum staff of TALIM and FWM.