Artist-Caretakers Crafting Circle with Aneesa Shami Zizzo

6 p.m. ET Thursday, May 9, 2024
Artist-Caretakers Crafting Circle with Aneesa Shami Zizzo 

In-person at AANM
Purchase Tickets:
$5 Museum Members
$7 Student/Senior
$10 General Public

Being the primary caretaker of a young child as a working artist is often overlooked in the art world, yet is a reality for many—the balancing act required to care for another’s needs full time while continuing to pursue one’s practice is extremely draining. Finding strength from her own community of fellow artist-parents and caretakers, Aneesa will host a crafting circle inviting Dearborn-based artist-parents to connect with one another. Craft circles and quilting bees have a long lineage in American history cultivating relationship and communication within marginalized communities. This event is a small example of how working with one’s hands in a group setting can be a safe space for sharing wisdom and encouragement with one another.

Participants are encouraged to bring a handicraft with them to work one throughout the session (examples include: sketching, knitting, crochet, mending, quilting, and so on). Handsewing materials will also be provided for folks to create a small applique tapestry.

Aneesa Shami Zizzo is an artist and arts-based researcher in Los Angeles upcycling materials to create fiber art. Her work references the sublime and world mythologies to evoke a sense of the collective unconscious within her imagery. Zizzo holds Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in both Fiber and Art History from the Kansas City Art Institute. She was the Textile Arts | Los Angeles AIR at Helms Design Center in 2018, and was a Fellow for the Mildred’s Lane Attention Labs: Order of the Third Bird in 2015. Zizzo’s work has been exhibited nationally in galleries and museums, including the Torrance Art Museum, the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, and the California Center for the Arts, Escondido Museum, among others. She is also the co-owner and director of Studio 203, an artist-run space in Los Angeles promoting fiber art, craft-based work and social practices.

For questions, e-mail Fatima Al-Rasool at [email protected]


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