Stitches: Sewing Against Sexual Violence



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The Notre Dame Center for Arts & Culture is proud to host a sewing against sexual violence session on March 8, 2017 with Mary Kate Healey. Stitches is created in collaboration with survivors and advocates of sexual violence as part of Healey’s Bachelor of Fine Arts thesis project.

Healey is a senior at the University of Notre Dame pursuing her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Visual Communication Design. Her work often focuses on social issues and frequently plays with illustration and whimsy as a means to convey her message. After graduation, she is joining the Franciscan Volunteer Program to work for nonprofit organizations in Pittsburgh, PA.

“There is a long history of women using traditional "domestic" craft in politics” says Healey. “From knitting socks for soldiers to embroidering their bell-bottoms, and even as recently as knitting hot pink hats with cat ears, needle art and other traditional "women's" craft forms have been used to create dialogue.”


In recent years the conversation about sexual violence on college campuses across the nation has come to the forefront. More often than not, the focus of those conversations becomes the police reports. Healey wants to change the narrative. Through inviting survivors and advocates to come together and sew their stories collectively onto a bed sheet Healey hopes to provide a microphone. She is especially interested in giving a voice to those who “For countless reasons, survivors often choose not to report or even speak of their assaults” in an anonymous way.

The workshop is free and open to the public on March 8, 2017 at 5:30 pm. Participants of all skill levels are invited to attend. If you’ve never sewn a stitch, we’ll show you how.

The completed work will be on view at the Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame, from April 2 - May 21, 2017.