Artist Profile

The Sewing Circle Project

Medium: Fiber arts

Description:  Exquisite traditional crafts by local artists from Bosnia, Burma Romania & Iran

Artists Statement: The Sewing Circle Project, a ten-year initiative of the CT Cultural Heritage Arts Program at the Connecticut Historical Society, assists immigrant and refugee artists living in Connecticut to continue their traditional art forms. Artists include carpet weavers, lace makers, crochet artists, embroiderers, and jewelry makers. Artists represent countries of origin including Somalia, Bosnia, Burma, Iran, Iraq, Romania, and Tibet, and are all living in the Greater Hartford area now. The project encourages production and marketing of traditional art forms brought by these newcomers. Many members of the Sewing Circle meet regularly to work on their crafts, learn new skills, and share coffee and conversation. This supportive environment provides social interaction among the artists, respects their cultural heritage and artistic traditions, stimulates literacy improvement, and helps develop marketplaces for their artwork. Participants have sold their work at the Hartford Library World Refugee Day; Hartford Open Studio Weekends; Hillstead Museum May Market; the University of CT International Night; the Vermont Folklife Center; Trinity College; several local house parties, and as regular vendors at the Billings Forge Farmers Market on Thursdays. The artists also take commissions.

Tour Location: Connecticut Historical Society



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