Geneva, September 2014
Women gathered from 19 countries on five continents to attend the conference held at Webster University, Geneva from September 12 – 14, 2014. Textile artists, community activists, curators, human rights advocates, psychologists, art therapists, and archivists came together to share ideas and create a global network for work on story cloths.
An exhibition of textiles from around the world accompanied the conference.
Sew to Speak Final Report
Human Rights Catalogue
Public exhibition of more than 50 textiles from around the world.
Human rights activists, psychotherapists, textile artists, art therapists, and curators brought examples of their work to discuss.
Sew to Speak opening evening included speakers, exhibition of textiles, poetry, and two documentary films.
Panel discussions took place on thematic topics; participants presenting their work from diverse contexts, sharing similar goals.
Peggy Hartwell, Aurora Ortiz, Deborah Stockdale, and Lisa Garlock presented their narrative textiles.
Renowned textile artist Peggie Hartwell depicts a conversation with her grandmother in this story quilt.
Workshops were an opportunity for hands-on learning: Techniques and Wisdom for Art Therapy, facilitated by art therapist and professor of art therapy, Lisa Garlock.
Facilitating workshops for Community Mobilization led by fabric artist and community advocate, Deborah Stockdale.