A lot of us are frustrated with our current leadership. We don’t like the “nasty woman” comments, we don’t like the middle-of-the-night “cofveve” tweets, and then some. One woman, artist and activist Diana Weymar, decided to vent her ire by embroidering Trump’s most outrageous sayings. It started with her spontaneously stitching “I am a very stable genius”—one of our President’s more infamous quotes—over an abandoned piece of floral needlework made by her grandmother. Weymar enjoyed the process and began crafting more of these works, but she had a hard time keeping up with the remarks coming from the leader of the free world.
Soon enough, friends joined her; strangers contacted her on social media and began sewing up a storm. Weymar herself created 300 works; others added another 400, leading to a collection called—wait for it—the Tiny Pricks Project. These works stand as a fascinating blend of oppressive and sometimes misogynistic comments and the delicate beauty of “women’s work.”
The project found more allies and exposure: Weymar was networked with the politically charged Lingua Franca clothing line, and a collection of Tiny Pricks t-shirts was born. Two gallery exhibits also showed off the work, with one currently at the Lingua Franca space at 382 Bleecker Street in New York City through September 3rd.
“For me, the stitching was cathartic, and I was interested in creating a record,” Weymar was quoted as saying in Artnet News at the New York exhibition opening. “When I saw Trump’s words in thread on a personal textile, it was different than reading his Twitter account.”Any and all contributions are welcome, says Weymar. “I consider this care-taking of the political record,” she has said. Her goal is to have 2,020 pieces of needlework by the 2020 election. If you are interested in contributing, click here to learn more.