Weaving Water is a project that seeks to engage the public in community building through craft and connection with water.
MWMO Artist in Residence Sarah Nassif facilitates hands-on creative experiences that encourage us to see ourselves as vital parts of our watershed system. Bringing together her backgrounds as a botanist and artist, the Weaving Water Workshop is both an interactive exhibit and in-person workshops where participants play with fiber, natural indigo dye and cultural cloth traditions from many cultures, celebrating our ability to solve complex problems and create beauty through our dependence on and care for water.
Fiber crafts integrate water usage at multiple stages— from fiber preparation and cleaning, to dyeing, to manufacturing cloth, and maintenance through washing. As modern living separates us from nature and as the pandemic continues to keep people distanced 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.
See the Exhibit
The exhibit Personal Watersheds is on view at Stormwater Park and Learning Center from June through December 2022.
Personal Watersheds features artist Sarah Nassif’s solo work in fiber and video, her Weaving Water community collaborations and a working indigo dye and fiber art studio called the Weaving Water Workshop. Throughout the gallery space, community-made fiber art works become chair backs, tuffets, wall hangings and decoration.
The gallery is filled with various fiber art materials such as yarn, wool and cloth, and tools participants can use to make things to add to the exhibit. Everything in the exhibit is designed to help us connect with how water supports us through the manufacturing and coloring of cloth. Add some stitches to the big blue quilt. Try your hand at weaving on the SAORI loom. Grab a book and lounge chair and get inspired indoors or outside by the river.
You are welcome to drop in anytime during MWMO public open hours Tuesday–Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Should the door be locked during open hours, please ring the doorbell.
Sarah is available to facilitate some group workshops this fall. Please contact email@example.com to learn more and schedule.
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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.
Sarah serves as Artist in Residence at MWMO. Since October 2021, Sarah’s workshops and art projects have drawn community back into conversations about how each of us can support clean water, care for the river, and share our knowledge in our own communities creatively.