Our recently successful Threading
the Needle exhibit is moving to the 73 See Gallery in Montclair on
March 3rd. The exhibit is a group show of artists working in the medium of textiles/fabric. Threading the
Needle is presented as an homage to the tailoring trade
which provided employment and entrepreneurial opportunities for many immigrants of different cultural backgrounds, including
Jews, African-Americans, Italians and Hispanics.
The exhibit will feature the work of five artists: Paula
Borenstein, Larry Dell, Jody Leight, Joanne Leone, and Diane Savona. Through their work, the aforementioned
artists will provide personal reflections on their connections with the tailoring trade. Part of the exhibit will include
the replica of a tailor shop circa 1960e, inspired by Paula Borenstein’s memories of her mother’s
tailor shop in Newark.
Larry Dell will present sculptures made of fabric and metal, inspired
by his father who worked in the NYC garment center as a knitting machine mechanic for most of
his working life.
Joanne Leone will present her paintings,
memorializing the work of several generation of family members including her maternal grandfather who worked as tailor,
her grandmother who was a milliner, and her paternal grandmother who turned collars and repaired shirts during the Great Depression.
Jody Leight will present her quilt work which combines traditional and modern elements
to reflect on the status of women in the needle trades.
Diane Savona will display artifacts of past generations found in the immigrant community of Passaic: doilies, darning
eggs and pincushions, presenting them as unearthed specimens, newly fossilized in cloth. Collectively, these artists
will challenge viewers perceptions of our textile heritage.