OUR EVER-EVOLVING LIST SHOWCASING CRAFTIVISTS
AND MISSION-DRIVEN FOLKS IN THE FIBER COMMUNITY.

THE IMMIGRANT YARN PROJECT

all images courtesy The Immigrant Yarn Project

all images courtesy The Immigrant Yarn Project

The Immigrant Yarn Project is the largest work of crowd-sourced art in the country - celebrating our immigrant history.

CIndy Weil, the founder of The Immigrant Yarn Project, channeled her political concerns into creativity and craftivism after the last presidential election. The result is Enactivist, an organization that produces activism-driven art exhibits using knitted and crocheted pieces. 

The organization is based on the philosophy of enactivism which Weil explains as “… the belief that we can design our own experience through our actions, that we are not passive receivers of input from the environment, but we are actors in our world. What we experience is shaped by how we act, and it is in this spirit that Enactivist the organization was born.”

From all over the country, citizen contributors are sending in squares, scarves, pompoms, and blankets knitted/crocheted by immigrants and their descendants. Each represents a personal or familial story. The pieces are compiled, sewn together and fashioned into over 100 sculptural totems, comprising a single colossal work of yarn-based art. 

The Immigrant Yarn Project exhibit will be displayed at The Fort Point National Historic Site in San Francisco in the spring of 2019 and will then go on tour. Weil described their collective artwork: “It is made of thousands of small squares and pieces knitted or crocheted by immigrants and their descendants representing their personal stories from across the country — compiled and sewn together in a single colossal display of yarn-based activist art — in service to our rich and magnificent immigrant tradition.”

The inspirational website gives simple steps to getting involved  - by crafting, donating, volunteering to help complete the massive exhibition.
Let's do this. Brava, Cindy!