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5.4 Million and Counting: Embroidery Project with Chi Nguyen

Feb 18, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

|Recurring Event (See all)
Every day until Feb 28, 2016
| Free

On March 2nd, 2016, the United States Supreme Court will hear the most important reproductive rights case in almost 25 years. The decision will determine whether Texas can shut down nearly all abortion providers in the state and prevent 5.4 million women of reproductive age from accessing the healthcare they need.

Using craft as activism, artist Chi Nguyen — in partnership with the Textile Arts Center and the Center for Reproductive Rights — is holding a series of stitch-ins to represent the number of women whose right to safe and legal abortion is currently at risk. With each line representing an individual woman, the 5.4 Million and Counting project is only finished when all 5.4 million lines are embroidered.

The public is invited to Draw the Line by joining the embroidery process at the stitch-ins, or by sending in their own 10×10” swatches with as many tally marks (卌) as they would like to embroider. All swatches will be patched onto a larger quilt to be used at the Supreme Court rally on March 2nd, 2016.

Collaborative Stitch-in Events (All materials are provided, FREE)

  • Thursday, February 18: 6-9PM, TAC Brooklyn
  • Sunday, February 21: 2-7PM, TAC Manhattan
  • Monday, February 22: 6-9PM, TAC Brooklyn
  • Sunday, February 28: 11AM-6PM, TAC Manhattan


Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn Studio, 505 Carroll St., Brooklyn, NY 11215

Textile Arts Center, Manhattan Studio, 26 West 8th St., New York, NY 10011

How to Participate:

If you cannot join the public stitch-ins but would like to participate, please follow the directions below. We cannot accomplish this project without you.

  1. You can use a 10×10 inch swatch in any material and color. A contrasting thread color is important to ensure that your tallies are visible.
  2. Once finished, indicate the number of lines you have embroidered on a notecard. Please write your name on the same card if you would like to be acknowledged by the project.
  3. Send all materials to: Kelly Valletta, Textile Arts Center, 505 Carroll St., Brooklyn, NY 11215

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1534309080230485/

Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/54-million-and-counting-embroidery-project-with-chi-nguyen-nyc-tickets-21098957550

Blog: 5point4million.tumblr.com


Feb 18, 2016
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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