Stitch Your Science

Examples provided by Adirondack Watershed Institute's exhibit "Wool and Water".



As the months progress we expect the weather to get colder. We hunker down with our tea and our yarn or thread, preparing for a long winter of crafting. However, many are wondering what exactly this winter will bring us. Will there be snow? Will there be enough snow to ski and do the other things we enjoy? Are winters getting warmer, or are we just idealizing the past?

Changing weather patterns are on a lot of people’s minds lately. These changes can bring about confusion, fear, and even grief. Regardless of our beliefs on the causes of climate change, we share concerns over how it will impact our lives and livelihoods. 

One way to deal with the intangibility of emotions is to create something solid with your hands. 

The Science Center is hosting a Stitch Your Science exhibit this winter. We welcome fiber artists of all mediums to submit a piece which chronicles their experience with climate change. 

What might this look like? Anything you want it to look like! This is meant to be a creative exercise to help folks grapple with their thoughts and feelings about climate change. 

Some ideas include data visualization; such as a temperature blanket with different rows symbolizing temperature trends. You could whip out your needles to create an applique of a personal experience you have had with climate. Use your needles to lay out a plan for climate resiliency. Quilt a celebration of a landscape you want to preserve. Or if you’re like many, the tangle of emotions can only be expressed in a tangle of mediums. 

Pieces are due to the Science Center by April 15th. Bring your piece to the Science Center anytime on Monday-Friday between 9-5pm. Be sure to include your name and contact information with your piece so it can be returned after the exhibit. Artists are encouraged to provide an artist’s statement explaining their piece as well. 

Pieces will be on display from May-July.


What is the theme?

Use your textile art skills to share your story of climate change. 

But what does that really mean?

Anything you want it to mean! 

Examples include 

  • Data visualization 
  • Illustrating a personal climate experience
  • Ideas for climate resiliency
  • Celebrating something that you worry you will lose as a result of climate change

This is meant to be a cathartic and exploratory exercise for participants to express their feelings surrounding climate change through fiber art. 

What type of art is accepted

Any type of fiber arts is accepted. This includes, but is not limited to, sewing, quilting, cross stitch, embroidery, weaving, crochet, knitting, needle felting, mixed fiber arts, and more. 

Need inspiration? 

Stitch your science is a global endeavor. You can view other people’s creations online!

Check out the art here!

How do I submit my art?

Drop off your piece at the front desk of the new science center along with 

  • Name
  • Contact info
  • A 2-3 sentence long artist’s statement 

When is the deadline to submit?

Anytime before April 15th, 2023

What will you do with the pieces? 

Pieces will be hung on display at the new science center. We will use the contact info provided to return the pieces when we take down the display. 

Can I make more than one piece?