Past Event

Embroidering Medicine Workshop

September 14, 2017
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Ave., New York, NY

This four-week workshop explores the New York Academy of Medicine Library’s historical collections, examining relationships between medicine, needlework, and gender. It will focus on the areas of the collection invoking the ideals of femininity and domesticity, as well as needlework (in the form of ligatures, sutures, and stitching of the body.) Participants will learn hands-on embroidery skills and basic stitches, selecting and transferring images to make embroidered pieces inspired by images in the collection. Materials will be provided.

Each class starts with an exploration of books about medicine, surgery, natural history, homemaking, or textiles, in the Academy’s Drs. Barry and Bobbi Coller Rare Book Reading Room.

Through graphic narratives, teaching, and needlework, Academy Library artist-in-residence Kriota Willberg explores the intersection between body sciences and creative practice. She teaches anatomy for artists at a variety of institutions including the New York Academy of Medicine Library, the Center for Cartoon Studies, and the Society of Illustrators.

Advance registration is required on the NYAM website. The 4-week workshop costs $290 for the general public and $250 for Friends, Fellows, Members, Seniors and Students with ID.