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Cultivating Care for Cloth and Community

AMES – Artist Catherine Reinhart proudly presents The Collective Mending Sessions, a series of socially engaged workshops centering on collectively mending a discarded quilt.

Reinhart will teach basic mending and embroidery at partnering community locations across Iowa and regionally from August 2019 – April 2020. Sessions last 2-3 hours, all skill levels invited. All workshops are free and open to the public.

The Collective Mending Sessions is supported by a 2020 Art Project Grant from the Iowa Arts Council. This series cultivates care for cloth and community through the meditative practice of slow stitching. Participants will learn about sustainable textile practices, build community with fellow Iowans through stitching, and assist the artist in finishing the quilt.

“The project, in concept and execution, is a beautiful, multilayered metaphor for the work that needs to happen to mend the political, social, and economic divisions in our nation. Reinhart has a long history working with textiles in her studio practice and continually brings work off the walls and into the hands of the audience; building community through commonality.” - Sharon Stewart, Vice President – Reliable Street, Owner – Lockwood Cafe

Reinhart’s Collective Mending Session will take place Sunday Feb. 23 at the Clarke County Dev. Corp & Mainstreet Board Room from 1-4 p.m.

For more information, contact artist Catherine Reinhart, at 641-414-5000 or by e-mail at catherine342@gmail.com, Instagram: @collectivemendingsessions or Facebook: The Collective Mending Sessions

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