Article 27

Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits. Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author.

Jen Broemel

About my work

I am so proud to have participated in this project. I think it is important to stand up for and support the causes we believe in. This was a great opportunity to do that. It has been so exciting to see the project come together, and to see how other artists have used their art to make a difference. 

Sadly it feels like things are getting worse and not better in some ways, and I must admit I’ve become a little numb to what I can do. I know we must continue to stand, to speak out and to create, to make sure that all voices are heard. Together we are louder. I thank Tal and Stephanie [the project co-ordinators] for bringing our voices together. It will forever remind me that when we come together, great things can happen.

- Jen Broemel

Jen Broemel

About me

I work mainly with cloth for its tactility, responsiveness and abundance. I was originally drawn in by the process, the way in which the materials layer. The way they feel as they are worked. The way the thread and cloth work together, transforming and guiding the work, adding texture, contrast and comfort with every stitch.

I love the history and tradition of women sewing together and am in love with the community that surrounds and supports those who sew together.

I am especially interested in taking cast-off or everyday fabrics and working them into something unexpected, repurposing something ordinary and turning it into something special, something to cherish and behold. I work intuitively, letting my sense of the fabrics’ colour, texture and shape guide their placement and the stitches placed upon them.

I love exploring, experimenting with the different ways to manipulate the cloth with the thread, putting together and cutting apart, constructing and reconstructing, a cycle that for me symbolises the happenstance of life.

My intention is to inspire others to look at the world around them more carefully, more mindfully, to see the extraordinary in the discarded, to notice the beauty in the mundane. And if they can’t see it, to show them it is possible to look at things in a new and different way. How we see the world shapes our lives, our relationships, our actions. Let us notice the miracles of every day, every stitch … EVERY. SINGLE. ONE.

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