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A New York Times Bestseller; A Washington Post Bestseller; Named a "Best Essay Collection of the Decade" by Literary Hub

As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions of nature with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. In Braiding Sweetgrass, Kimmerer brings these two lenses of knowledge together to take us on “a journey that is every bit as mythic as it is scientific, as sacred as it is historical, as clever as it is wise” (Elizabeth Gilbert).

Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, and as a woman, Kimmerer shows how other living beings―asters and goldenrod, strawberries and squash, salamanders, algae, and sweetgrass―offer us gifts and lessons, even if we've forgotten how to hear their voices. In reflections that range from the creation of Turtle Island to the forces that threaten its flourishing today, she circles toward a central argument: that the awakening of ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgment and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world. For only when we can hear the languages of other beings will we be capable of understanding the generosity of the earth, and learn to give our own gifts in return.

Here is the link to order from Zenith Bookstore. It is also available at the public library and as an e-book.

Schedule: Meet bi-weekly, Wednesday at 7-8:30pm. Zoom links sent weekly. 

Email engagement@duluthartinstitute.org to join.

February 24: No assignment. When you get the book, feel free to start reading. This meeting is primarily to get to know the new faces and to map a reading schedule. 

March 10: Section 1—Planting Sweetgrass (pgs.1-59)

March 24: Section 2—Tending Sweetgrass (pgs.62-117)

Virtual Artist Talk: Ann Magnusson 

April 7: Section 3—Picking Sweetgrass (pgs.119-201)

(Skip April 21)

May 5: Section 4—Braiding Sweetgrass (pgs. 203-300)

May 26: Section 5—Burning Sweetgrass (pgs. 301-384)


The Subversive Stitch: Embroidery and the Making of the Feminine

Rozsika Parker's re-evaluation of the reciprocal relationship between women and embroidery has brought stitchery out from the private world of female domesticity into the fine arts, created a major breakthrough in art history and criticism, and fostered the emergence of today's dynamic and expanding crafts movements.

The Subversive Stitch is now available again with a new Introduction that brings the book up to date with exploration of the stitched art of Louise Bourgeois and Tracey Emin, as well as the work of new young female and male embroiderers. Rozsika Parker uses household accounts, women's magazines, letters, novels and the works of art themselves to trace through history how the separation of the craft of embroidery from the fine arts came to be a major force in the marginalisation of women's work. Beautifully illustrated, her book also discusses the contradictory nature of women's experience of embroidery: how it has inculcated female subservience while providing an immensely pleasurable source of creativity, forging links between women.


(Recommendations by exhibiting artists-- coming soon) 

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