Weaving Water is a project that seeks to engage the public in community building through craft and connection with water.
Artist and botanist Sarah Nassif will connect community members with the Mississippi River watershed through a series of hands-on fiber art workshops that will pose the question, “Where am I within the system?” Nassif facilitates creatives experiences that allow people to connect and consider complex systems while working with their hands.
Fiber crafts integrate water usage at multiple stages: from fiber preparation and cleaning, to dyeing, to manufacturing cloth, and including its maintenance through washing. As modern living separates us from nature and as the pandemic continues to keep people separated from one another, Weaving Water presents an opportunity to come together to process our experiences while we process fiber, strengthen community bonds while creating cloth, and create a beautiful collaborative artwork that captures a portrait of this time.
Public Workshop Schedule
Sarah will host monthly hands-on workshops and discussions exploring a range of fiber art techniques and creating textile materials that will be included in an exhibit at the MWMO’s Stormwater Park and Learning Center in Summer 2022.
Kickoff Workshop, October 16, 2021 , 10 a.m. – Noon
Location: MWMO Stormwater Park and Learning Center (outdoor event).Register
Workshops are open to anyone and people are invited to attend any or all. They will be held online or in-person, as conditions allow. Please check back often for updates and to register for upcoming workshops.
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Sarah Nassif is a self-taught social-practice artist living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She received her B.S. in Botany from the University of Washington in 1997 and worked in environmental education, urban forestry, and data analysis before becoming an artist. In her community-engaged art projects, Sarah Nassif connects people, plants, and place through sensory exploration of natural and human-built environments, hands-on skills practice, and person-to-person sharing.