Tiny Pricks Project

Lingua Franca is thrilled to present Tiny Pricks Project, a public art project by artist/activist Diana Weymar, on view at 382 Bleecker Street from June 12 to September 3. Tiny Pricks is an ongoing community project in which participants stitch quotes by Trump into antique textiles to create a material record of his presidency—and the movement against it. Since Weymar started the collaborative project in January of 2018, over 700 people across the world have submitted unique, hand-stitched contributions. This exhibition marks the first time the work will be on display in New York. As a call to action, Weymar and Lingua Franca invite the public to participate by contributing a work to the series, which will enter the Tiny Pricks public archive.

Tiny Pricks Projects holds a creative, accessible and cathartic space during a tumultuous political climate. The series counterbalances the impermanence of Twitter, other social media, and Trump’s statements by utilizing vintage textiles as a memory making timeline. Weymar references the key role embroidery played in the women’s suffrage movement, and notes it is symbolic of warmth, comfort, craft, civility, care, and a shared history.

“This project is about witnessing, recording, taking note in thread, and paying attention,” said Weymar. The purpose is to empower people with something they’ve made themselves, and to reclaim the humanity that we’re struggling up against.”

“Diana’s work and the organic network that Tiny Pricks Projects ignited serves as a quiet yet poignant form of resistance,” said Lingua Franca’s Rachelle Hruska MacPherson. “I’m thrilled to showcase this work at our shop and hope it helps us bear witness to this unprecedented political moment, and remind us of the power of language.”

Concurrent to the exhibition, a series of limited-edition Tiny Pricks t-shirts made from recycled plastic and cotton will be available for sale at the Lingua Franca shop. Insert further details here.

Diana Weymar is a textile artist and activist. She has worked on projects with Build Peace (Nicosia, Bogota and Zurich), the Arts Council of Princeton, the Nantucket Atheneum, the W.E.B Du Bois Center at UMass Amherst, the University of Puget Sound, The Zen Hospice Project (San Francisco), the Peddie School, Open Arts Space (Damascus, Syria), Trans Tipping Point Project (Victoria, BC), New York Textile Month, the Textile Arts Center (Brooklyn, NY), and The Wing (NYC). She has exhibited her work in both Canada and the United States. Interwoven Stories and Tiny Pricks Project, both international projects, are open for public participation.

Lingua Franca is a line of sustainably-sourced, fair trade luxury cashmere sweaters, all hand-stitched by women in NYC. Founded by Rachelle Hruska MacPherson, Lingua Franca serves as a platform to inspire change – a portion of LF proceeds support activists and organizations who are working for a better world.