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TATTER / Jordana Munk Martin


Part of Stowe Prize 2022

Explore how and why sentimental sewing—or adding a moral message—was used by Harriet Beecher Stowe, abolitionists, and activists historically as a way of speaking out at a time when their voices were often excluded from public forums.

Our Sewing and Learning Workshop includes discussion of the ethics of craft materials, a step-by-step craft instruction, research on the histories embedded in the abolitionist political stitch, and inspirational work from contemporary craft-activist, or “craftivist,” artists.

Download the sewing pattern

Kits are available for purchase through our online Museum Store.

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TATTER is an organization which explores the medium of cloth as a means to cultivate human connection and understanding. Founder Jordana Munk Martin, MFA RISD 2001 is the Editor in Chief of Tatter Journal. She is the former Board President of the Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn, NY, as well as the founder of its Artist in Residence program. She served as a trustee of the Craft and Folk Art Museum (Craft Contemporary) in Los Angeles, CA from 2012-2018. Most recently, Jordana published a book entitled Material Cultures, in conjunction with an exhibition she co-curated at Bric Arts Media in Brooklyn, NY.