APR 28 Firsthand Experience: Weaving as “Women’s Work”

Learn the true meaning of women’s work!

During this workshop, participants work with Massachusetts-based textile artist Crispina ffrench; explore and elevate materials and techniques often disregarded as “women’s work;” and discover artwork related to the special exhibition Women House.

Crispina teaches participants to make mini versions of her large-scale potholder rugs, reminiscent of bright, woven potholders you may have made as a child. Made from an assortment of stretchy discarded clothing, they are insulating, comfortable to walk and sit on, and 100% recycled and chemical free. 

    All experience levels welcome. This workshop is designed to instruct and engage audiences 13 and older.

    Materials, instruction, and inspiration will be provided, though participants are encouraged to bring a few items of fabric—freshly laundered, stretchy clothing like sweaters, sweatshirts, t-shirts, leggings, single socks, polar fleece garments, etc.—to use and/or share. Take this opportunity to purge your closet of clothes you no longer wear and repurpose the fabric into something beautiful! 


    Crispina ffrench is the mother of “Textile Waste Alchemy.” She’s been turning discarded textiles into useful things since 1987. A passionate environmentalist, maker, and women’s champion, ffrench has authored a teaching book The Sweater Chop Shop. She teaches, blogs, creates artwork, and begins movements including “The Future is Female,” a women’s empowerment project. 

    Required. $25 general; $15 members, seniors, students. 

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    Questions about a woman’s “place” resonate in our culture, and conventional ideas about the house as a feminine space persist. Global artists in Women House recast conventional ideas about the home through provocative photographs, videos, sculptures, and room-like installations.

    National Museum of Women in the Arts