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This Long Thread by Jen Hewett

This Long Thread by Jen Hewett


Celebrate the diverse work of people of colour in the craft community and explore the personal, political, and creative potential of textile arts and crafts. 

In early 2019, the craft community experienced a reckoning when crafters of colour began sharing personal stories about exclusion and racial injustice in their field, pointing out the inequity and lack of visible diversity within the crafting world. Author Jen Hewett, who is one of a few prominent women of colour in the fibre crafts community, now brings together this book as a direct response to the need to highlight the diverse voices of artists working in fibre arts and crafts.

Weaving together interviews, first-person essays, and artist profiles, This Long Thread explores the work and contributions of people of color across the fibre arts and crafts community, representing a wide spectrum of race, age, region, cultural identity, education, and economic class. These conversations explore techniques and materials, belonging, identity, pride of place, cultural misappropriation, privilege, the value (or undervaluing) of craft, community support structures, recognition or exclusion, intergenerational dialogue, and much more.

Be inspired by the work and stories of innovative people of colour who are making exceptional contributions to the world of craft. The diverse range of textile artists and craftspeople featured include knitters, quilters, sewers, weavers, and more who are making inspiring and innovative work, yet who are often overlooked by mainstream media.

Jen Hewett is a printmaker, surface designer, and teacher living in New York's Hudson Valley. Since 2014, she has taught block printing to hundreds of students around the world through her popular in-person and online classes. In addition to designing and printing her own collections, Jen also designs custom products for retail clients.

368 pages
16.43 x 22.76 cm

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