Experience Story Cloths
“The threads, the scraps of cloth, the wool, the lace, and the stitching are all manifestations of beauty, resistance, courage and the possibility to embroider the world with grace and light.” ~Marjorie Agosin
Explore the concepts of resistance, courage, and beauty through this interactive presentation about the Storycloth Database, an online compilation of narrative textile collections. We will discuss some of the historical, cultural, political and therapeutic aspects of creating stories in cloth. There will be an opportunity for hand sewing to illustrate some of the points of the presentation. Lisa Raye Garlock is an artist, art therapist and full-time assistant professor at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. As a credentialed and licensed art therapist, she has worked with adults, adolescents and children in hospitals, schools, community-based organizations and shelters. She works with the international non-profit, Common Threads Project, co-training therapists in using story cloths to help survivors recover from the trauma of gender-based violence.