Village is a collaborative work that began at the Philadelphia Museum of Art where it was part of the exhibition, Shelley Spector - Keep The Home Fires Burning. The project was inspired by a tomato shaped pin-cushion and its Victorian roots as a symbol of hope at new beginnings. At the conclusion of the exhibition in 2015, the artist began to travel with the installation and offer workshops for those interested in contributing to the work. The project responds to the community and environment where it is hosted, and continues to expand in meaning, size, distance and participants.
Photo credit: Nate Boguszewski, Constance Mensh, Melissa Matamoros, Nola Latty, Ellen Robley and Shelley Spector