Employed to compensate for restrictive fashions and to address a range of social and cultural needs, pockets and small bags are a microcosm of complex political, gender, and race history.
In our Sewing and Learning Workshop, participants can learn to sew and decorate a replica of a reticule, a kind of pocket purse, while immersing in the fascinating history of these small but significant objects.
Edjohnetta Miller is an internationally-renowned quilt artist. Widely exhibited in the U.S. and abroad, her quilts can be found in numerous museums and private collections, such as the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Museum of Art (Washington D.C.), The Contemporary Quilt Museum (Golden Colorado), The Wadsworth Museum of Art (Hartford, Connecticut), Nelson Mandela’s National Museum (Cape Town, South Africa), Safeco Corporation, Johnson & Johnson Corporation, Hartford Hospital, Michigan State University, Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital, and the US Embassy in Cotonou, Benin, West Africa. In 2019, she was commissioned by the West Hartford Art League to design five quilts for a mural project on the League’s grounds.