Village is a collaborative work that began at the Philadelphia Museum of Art as part of the exhibition, Shelley Spector - Keep The Home Fires Burning. The project was inspired by the tomato shaped pin-cushion and its Victorian roots as a symbol of hope at new beginnings. The piece combines workshops in which Spector teaches participants how to make a pin cushion with an expanding installation to which the new pieces get added. At the closing of the exhibition in 2015, the artist began to travel with the project to engage new collaborators. 

Photo credits: Nate Boguszewski, Constance Mensh, Melissa Matamoros, Nola Latty, Ellen Robley and Shelley Spector