Join author, Dr. Sharbreon Plummer, and Michelle Bishop, founder and director of Harlem Needle Arts, for an engaging discussion about Diasporic Threads: Black Women, Fibre and Textiles, a new publication from Common Threads Press.
Diasporic Threads is an important new publication that highlights Black women’s contributions to art and history through fibre-related mediums.
This publication surveys the history of Black women and textiles in North America, and spotlights five artists through a series of interviews, paying careful attention to the intersections of race, art, and cultural memory.
As Dr. Plummer writes in her book, “Our relationship to the medium contains stories that reveal ties to our culture, community, resistance and self-determination. Unfortunately, many of the women who served as bearers of culture and creativity through this medium have gone unnamed in historical writings and recollections… These writings attempt to pay homage to the stories that have gone untold and the foremothers whose love and labour served as the foundations of our creativity”.
Wednesday, July 6th, 2022
12pm – 1:30pm EDT
Zoom, a link will be sent to participants the day before the event.
Cost: $0 – $50 (Sliding scale)
Sliding scale. All donations of $15 and above includes a physical copy of the zine and U.S. domestic shipping. For international participants who would like to receive a copy of the zine, please make a donation of $35 or more. These donations include adjusted shipping costs. Please contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions regarding donations and orders.
Tatter Library is a registered 501(c)3. Our speaker series is part of our community programming and proceeds support the maintenance of our collection. We would like to make this lecture available to anyone who would like to participate, therefore tickets for this event are a suggested donation of $25. For this event, a portion of the proceeds will also go to support Harlem Needle Arts. If you are able to contribute more, you may pick a different amount in the drop down list. As always, we are grateful for your support, which ensures the continuation and preservation of textile knowledge.
**This session will be recorded. A link to the recording will be emailed to all those who register following the live session. This link is live for one week for you to watch at your convenience.
Dr. Sharbreon Plummer
Dr. Sharbreon Plummer (Baton Rouge, LA) is an artist, strategist and storyteller that centers the stories and creativity of Black women. Sharbreon’s upbringing in southern Louisiana informs her interest into how culture and ancestral memory act as influencers of contemporary art-making.
Michelle Bishop, founder and Executive Director of Harlem Needle Arts (HNA)
With over twenty years’ experience in the areas of marketing, business strategic
planning, information technology and fundraising Michelle Bishop has been fortunate in her career to have diverse work experiences in both corporate and non-for-profit environments. With a passion for African textile and cultural art, in 2005 Michelle utilized her skills to form Harlem Needle Arts (HNA) where she serves as executive director.
HNA is an arts and cultural organization at the forefront of revolutionizing, preserving, and expanding the narrative of fiber, textile, design, and needle arts in the African
Diaspora through exhibitions, education, technical support, economic development, and other tools. HNA presents the work of both emerging and established artists in local and international exhibitions, corporate and museum acquisitions, and publications.