Abington Art Initiatives launched its new community program, Weaving Public Threads, with a collaborative project at the Jenkintown Festival of the Arts on Sunday, 9/18. Participants of all ages added recycled scraps of T-shirts, fabric, ribbon, and other materials to fill the loom with vibrant color, creating a finished tapestry that reflects the diverse textures of the region. Stories were shared between kids and adults, describing personal connections to the art of weaving. From memories of paper weaving in elementary school to rugs hand-crafted on much larger looms, textile weaving has been a foundation of hand-crafts in America.
As this new initiative expands, there will be more opportunities to take part in conversations, participatory events, and off-site socially-engaged art projects throughout the Philadelphia area. Stay tuned.