May 26, 2015

By the Work of Her Hands
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By the Work of Her Hands exhibitions and events page.

By the Work of Her Hands

Friday, June 5 – Summer 2015

Public Moroccan Embroidery Workshop
Thursday, June 4, 2015 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Space is limited for this workshop, reservations are requested.
Please refer to the By the Work of Her Hands exhibitions and events page for details.

Public Opening Reception
Friday, June 5, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm


The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) is pleased to announce By The Work of Her Hands, an exhibition of embroidered and quilted textiles that demonstrate stories of a unique cultural exchange between the Quilters of Color Network of New York and the embroidery artists of Au Grain de Sésame (Rabat, Morocco) created through a partnership with Tangier American Legation Museum. This partnership is part of the Museums ConnectSM program, an initiative of the U.S. Department of State. Administered by the American Alliance of Museums, Connect pairs museums in the U.S. with museums abroad for a cross-cultural exchange that brings people, especially youth, together through community projects that address important topics, such as women’s empowerment and environmental protection, among others. On Thursday, June 4th a public Moroccan Embroidery Workshop will be held at The Fabric Workshop and Museum from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm (reservations are requested for this workshop) and a public opening reception will take place the following day, June 5th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

The exhibition By The Work of Her Hands will include process documentation in the form of video, photography, and oral histories compiled in Morocco by students from New York University and l’Institut Spécialisé du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel. These students worked with photographer Lonnie Graham to present this work in order to sustain and preserve traditional textile-making applications.

FWM has a long history of collaborating with contemporary artists on projects that utilize new materials and media, including quilting; two examples—Tar Beach 2 by Faith Ringgold and Takin’ a Chance on Luv by Betye Saar—have been selected to compliment the textile work on view in By the Work of Her Hands. 

The following institutions collaborated on By the Work of Her Hands: The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM), Philadelphia; New York University (NYU), New York; the Quilters of Color Network of New York; Au Grain de Sésame, Rabat, Morocco; l’Institut Spécialisé du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel (ISCA), Rabat, Morocco; and Tangier American Legation Museum (TALIM), Tangier, Morocco.

Special thanks to U.S. Project Coordinator Jacqueline Bishop and Moroccan Project Coordinator Asmaa Benachir for coordinating this cultural exchange, the students from NYU and ISCA, the Quilters of Color Network of New York participants, Au Grain de Sésame embroidery artists, and the partnering museum staff of TALIM and FWM.

Also on view

Both/And  Richard Tuttle Print and Cloth

Friday, May 15 – Summer 2015

This unique, multifaceted installation of over five decades of work—from the mid-1960s to present—was conceived by Richard Tuttle, offering one of the most comprehensive experiences ever of this influential, contemporary American artist, who has a long history of collaboration with FWM, beginning in 1978 shortly after the Museum was founded by Artistic Director Marion Boulton Stroud.


About The Fabric Workshop and Museum

Founded in 1977, The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) encourages international artists at all stages of their careers to experiment with new materials and new media in a veritable living laboratory, working with studio staff, educators, and apprentices. Through its renowned Artist-in-Residence Program, FWM’s collaborative process continues to build a permanent collection of some 6,000 works of art and an archive of diverse materials that preserve and document the course of artistic production from inspiration to realization. An ambitious program of exhibitions and publications, a dynamic website, and wide-ranging educational programming enhance FWM's commitment to conveying a story of contemporary art that unites process with finished works of art of interest to a broad national and international audience.

The programs of The Fabric Workshop and Museum are supported by Agnes Gund; Amy Stone, Art Ancora; The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; The Arcadia Foundation; The Barra Foundation; Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation; Claneil Foundation; The Coby Foundation, Ltd.; The Dedalus Foundation, Inc.; Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation; E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation; Edna W. Andrade Fund of The Philadelphia Foundation; The Honickman Foundation; Independence Foundation; Institute of Museum and Library Services; The Judith Rothschild Foundation; Knight Foundation; LEF Foundation; LLWW Foundation; Longwood Plantation Foundation, Inc.; Louis N. Cassett Foundation; Mondriaan Foundation; Museums ConnectSM made possible by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the American Alliance of Museums; National Endowment for the Arts; New Millennium Charitable Foundation; The New York Community Trust; Nimoy Foundation; Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage; The Philadelphia Cultural Fund; PNC Foundation; PNC Arts Alive; Public Funds from the Netherlands Cultural Service; The Quaker Chemical Foundation; Samuel S. Fels Fund; Individual Trustee Discretionary Grant, of the W. Clement and Jessie V. Stone Foundation; Uplands Family Foundation; and the Board of Directors and Members of The Fabric Workshop and Museum.


For more information, or to request images, please contact Michele Bregande, Assistant to the Directors – Public Relations, at, or 215.561.8888.