Winner of the MCC Gold Star Award for exemplary cultural projects

 

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Yarn portrait
Mapping individual stories in the fabric of supportive community
Mapping stories in community fabric, Photo: Margaret Bellafiore
Faciliting one’s journey of writing it down
Making meaning with healthcare professionals and trainees
Sustaining interwoven connections across time and place
Transforming words and images into fabric
Celebrating creative expressions of community

Promoting the joy of spinning for all ages

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Experiencing the kinship between stories, fabric and the human spirit

Spin a Yarn, Weave a Life is a valuable opportunity for anyone with a story to tell, creating expansive enrichment and deep impact.

– Laurie Moskowitz-Corrois, MA, ET, Expressive Arts Program Coordinator, The Children's Room, Arlington, MA

My first thought when I heard about Spin a Yarn, Weave a Life was…finally!

– Sandra Corneau, Building Manager, JFK Apartments, Cambridge, MA

Seeing the bits of black ink dotting the woven fabric, I know the individual words of my story have merged with the words of others of my community. A part of me will always be represented in that weaving, an experience made manifest that is unparalleled.

– Lorraine Fine, Congregation Eitz Chayim, Cambridge, MA

Through the use of color, fiber, paper, texture & language, Catherine and Cheyenne facilitate a process of quiet & profound transformation: transformation from paper to fiber, from isolation to belonging, from part to whole. Spin a Yarn, Weave a Life re-imagines the art of storytelling and the practice of healing.

– Barbara Hamm, Psy.D., Director, Victims of Violence Program, Cambridge Health Alliance

I find peace in the Spin a Yarn, Weave a Life workshops at BSU…my fog, my pain, my unbearable feelings that I live with every day quiets in writing, sharing, drawing, viewing, CREATING.”

– Ryan Connolly, participating veteran in "Vets Speak" project at Bridgewater State University

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BSU Veteran Ryan Connolly on making art

During our April 2014 workshop at Bridgewater State University (BSU), Cheyenne McCarter invited veteran Ryan Connolly, an active participant in BSU’s Vets Speak project, to share his personal experiences of writing, spinning and weaving with us. Click on Ryan’s words below to view the expressions of other workshop participants.  

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Violence Transformed at Cambridge College

We recently presented our second interactive station at Cambridge College as part of Violence Transformed 2014. See our new image gallery with participants of all ages. Programming continues through May.

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Vets Speak at Bridgewater State University

Spin a Yarn, Weave a Life is a collaborating partner, along with the Boston Chapter of Warrior Writers, working with students, faculty, staff, and campus ministry at Bridgewater State University to encourage local veterans and military service personnel and surrounding communities to claim their personal life experiences and articulate their stories in a creative context. […]

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