The Stitch Project – TSP was founded in 2012 by a group of seven international artists. Our first gathering was at the Samí festival Riddu Riđđu in Kåfjorden, in Troms, Northern Norway in July 2012.
Our art project has three main activities which we invite everyone to join in on. Our main tasks are the dialogue we create together around the table and the exchange of knowledge in the crafts and our life experiences.
We embroider on a 10-meter long tablecloth. People come to sit around the tablecloth and embroider together with us. A lot of stories are told around the table, a lot of good dialogues appear and sometimes quietness while working together is also pleasant. We also teach how to spin with local wool and dye with plants from the area. We will also hold seminars and events where we will elaborate on art, collaboration and local issues. The Stitch Project has been invited to more than 35 different art and theatre festivals and exhibitions in Palestine, Iceland, Sweden, Latvia, Ukraine and Norway since we started in 2012. Kiyoshi, Marie and Hilde will be in Kirkenes for 7 days.
In Kirkenes at Terminal B, you are invited to join in and embroider together with us, to spin with wool from wild sheep of Neiden and Varangerbotn and to dye with different plants such as Wild Rosemary, Rosebay Willowherb and Birch leaves. These three craft events go on all day from 10:00 to 18:00 Thursday to Saturday. Along with this we have evening events on Thursday and Friday.
Thursday 18:00: Synnøve Fotland Eikevik will talk about Woman in War. Both the blanket of Dagny Loe and Jørgunn Sivertsen will be exhibited and presented. Both blankets were embroided in Concentration camps in Germany during the second world war.
Friday 18:00: “Vanlige nyttevekster” Irene Karlsen will have a book release with her new book “Vanlige nyttevekster” (plants for medicine, food and more). Plants useful in folk tradition of medical care, nutrition and colors for dying wool. (in Norwegian)
Saturday 14:00: The Stitch project will give a presentation of the art and philosophy of our project, tell about places we have been and projects we have joined from The Palestinian Museum in Birzeit, Gaza, Riga, Reykjavik, and many more. We will discuss with you how to continue with our project and where to go further.
The Stitch Project at Barents Spektakel 2019:
Hilde Hauan Johnsen, from Tromsø, Norway
Kiyoshi Yamamoto, from Brazil and lives in Bergen
Marie Skeie, lives in Oslo
The Stitch Project group of artists:
Margrethe Brekke, lives in Bergen
Hildur Bjarnadottir, from Reykjavik in Island
Britta Marakatt Labba, from Øvre Sopparo, Sweden
Omaya Salman, from Ramallah, Palestine