5.4 Million and Counting: Embroidery Project with Chi Nguyen

On March 2nd, 2016, the United States Supreme Court will hear the most important reproductive rights case in almost 25 years. The decision will determine whether Texas can shut down nearly all abortion care providers in the state and prevent 5.4 million women of reproductive age from accessing the healthcare they need.

Using craft as activism, artist Chi Nguyen — in partnership with the Textile Arts Center and the Center for Reproductive Rights — is holding a series of stitch-ins to make physical the number of women whose right to safe and legal abortion is currently at risk. With each line representing an individual woman, the 5.4 Million and Counting project is only finished when all 5.4 million lines are embroidered.

The public is invited to Draw the Line by joining the embroidery process at the stitch-ins, or by sending in their own 10×10” swatches with as many tally marks (卌) as they would like to embroider. All swatches will be patched onto a larger quilt to be used at the Supreme Court rally on March 2nd, 2016.

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Collaborative Stitch-in Events (All materials are provided)

  • Thursday, February 18: 6-9PM, TAC Brooklyn
  • Sunday, February 21: 2-7PM, TAC Manhattan
  • Monday, February 22: 6-9PM, TAC Brooklyn
  • Sunday, February 28: 11AM-6PM, TAC Manhattan

 

Locations:

Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn Studio

505 Carroll St., #17

Brooklyn, NY 11215

 

Textile Arts Center, Manhattan Studio

26 West 8th St.

New York, NY 10011

 

How to Participate:

If you cannot join the public stitch-ins but would like to participate, please follow the directions below. We cannot accomplish this project without you.

  1. You can use a 10×10 inch swatch in any material and color. A contrasting thread color is important to ensure that your tallies are visible.
  2. Once finished, indicate the number of lines you have embroidered on a notecard. Please write your name on the same card if you would like to be acknowledged by the project.
  3. Send all materials to:

Kelly Valletta, 5.4 Million and Counting Project

Textile Arts Center

505 Carroll St.

Brooklyn, NY 11215

 

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17 Comments

  1. Kunni Biener

    do you need any help sewing together at the Supreme Court? I lived in the DC area as do many of my stitching friends. We will be sending a packet of pieces, but would like to help on the big piece if needed. thank you.

    • Caitlin

      That’s great! Please email Chi Nguyen at cnguyen@reprorights.org for more info about the Supreme Court rally.

      Thank you!

  2. Patricia Barrón

    Hi,

    Please let me know when is your dead line to receive the embroidery.

    Thank you!

    • Caitlin

      Hi Patricia,

      We ask that your swatches arrive in the mail no later than February 29th, if you wish to have your swatch included in the larger quilt for the Supreme Court rally in March. You may also continue to send in swatches past that date in anticipation of the final decision, which won’t be granted until June.

  3. Kunni Biener

    also, please let us know when you want to have these.

    • Caitlin

      Hi Kunni,

      We ask that your swatches arrive in the mail no later than February 29th, if you wish to have your swatch included in the larger quilt for the Supreme Court rally in March. You may also continue to send in swatches past that date in anticipation of the final decision, which won’t be granted until June.

  4. I am interested in contributing, and perhaps organizing a stitch-in with others. What is the latest you need to have our squares in hand? Thanks for doing this.

    • Caitlin

      Hi Allie,

      We ask that your swatches arrive in the mail no later than February 29th, if you wish to have your swatch included in the larger quilt for the Supreme Court rally in March. You may also continue to send in swatches past that date in anticipation of the final decision, which won’t be granted until June.

  5. Hendrica Regez

    This is such a great idea. Thank you for letting everyone participate! I’m trying to organize my friends to get stitching…

  6. Katie Garcia

    Hello there!

    This is so great. I’m an organizer with Healthy and Free Tennessee, a statewide coalition that works to protect sexual health and reproductive freedom. This is so powerful and we’re excited to send some swatches all the way from Tennessee!

    Best,
    Katie

    • Caitlin

      Thank you so much, Katie!

  7. Noelia

    Hi, I´m a textile enthusiast from Costa Rica, can I participate too?

    • Caitlin

      Hi Noelia,

      Absolutely! Thank you so much for your support.

  8. Hi! I made an entry, mailed it to the address provided, and it was returned to me! Can you please verify the address where we send? USPS stamped it Return to Sender.

    • Caitlin

      Hi Leisa, my apologies for the delayed response. Our mailing address is:

      Textile Arts Center
      505 Carroll St.
      Brooklyn, NY 11215.

      Thank you for your participation in this important project! We are still accepting submissions now – June.

  9. Kirsten

    Are there any updates on this project? Is it still ongoing?

    • Caitlin

      Hi Kirsten. Yes, the 5.4 Million and Counting Project is ongoing. You can read more about the project here:

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