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Roxana Alger Geffen


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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Sewing and Learning 2023, Sewing and Learning 2023 #2, Sewing and Learning 2023 #3


Description: Roxana Alger Geffen is a multi-disciplinary artist who shows her work nationally and internationally. She has a BA with a major in Visual Art from Columbia University and an MFA in painting from Boston University. Her work practice consists of coaxing diverse materials–found objects, litter, heirlooms, handwoven textiles–into beautiful but uneasy assemblages. Her pieces center on the moments of energetic conflict and tender reconciliation that result from combining things that don’t go together.

She lives and works in Washington, D.C. with her husband and three children.