"The understanding of a culture comes from hearing the language, tasting the food, seeing personal interactions, experiencing the traditions, and so much more when it is in context."
— Elizabeth Laval & Candice Pendergrass, Sikh Youth Public History Project
One event on September 17, 2022 at 3:30 pm
As part of the exhibition Woven Lives: Exploring Women’s Needlework from the Italian Diaspora, join the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles for two textile workshops.
On August 27, attend an Italian needlelace workshop led by textile artist Carly Chubak. You will be introduced to the basics of Italian punto in aria, stitches in the air, and one of the earliest styles of needlelace. The lace was developed from cutwork and drawn thread embroidery in the 1500s. You will learn this historical craft and make your own sample of lace using only a needle, thread, and a fabric base.
On September 17, join the museum for an in-person collective performance, workshop, and crochet circle led by artist Luci Callipari-Marcuzzo. Participants are invited to crochet chains of red cotton thread as a symbol of the chain migration of Italians to North America and Australia, while the artist embodies her grandmothers through dialogue and interactions. The performance, workshop, and conversation are a manifestation of the hopes, dreams, and desires of immigrant women. The collective performance honors their lives, experiences, and voices. Luci Callipari-Marcuzzo is a multi-disciplinary artist, mother, researcher, arts worker, curator, and writer, based near Mildura in North-West Victoria, Australia. Luci’s work is inspired by her personal familial and feminine history. An integral part of Callipari-Marcuzzo’s practice-led research is the self-transformation into an imagined version of her Calabrese grandmothers. During these enactments, she creates artifacts utilizing traditional women’s modes of making: sewing, embroidery, and crochet, reinventing
644 North Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Workshops from 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Free event • Material included • Registration required
More information at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/italian-needlelace-workshop-tickets-342243177557
Contact person(s) Francesca Guerrini 213.485.8432
This program is made possible with funding from a Humanities for All Project Grant.