The Stitchers Storefront Studio opened Monday, May 25th with a beautiful installation created by artist Buzz Spector. The piece was built on Sunday with the aid of Story Stitchers teens and artists. Most of the books utilized were donated to the Saint Louis Story Stitchers by West County Book Fair and will form the foundation of the reference library and a book sharing shelf in the new space.
The Stitchers Storefront Studio will be a recording, editing and publishing studio space for the Collective. The public will be invited to engage periodically in special community events such as video screenings, discussions related to the Story Stitchers mission, read aloud sessions, and for ongoing video recording sessions in the Saint Louis Storybook Photo Booth. Donations for equipment and furnishing are welcome and appreciated.
Buzz discussed the form the group would create with members present Sunday morning. The shape of an “O” was chosen, as it relates to The Weight of Words Cause, promoting education and literacy over guns and violence in two ways: Not ONE More of our St. Louis citizens lost to gun violence and to the national gun violence awareness #WearOrange campaign.
The Story Stitchers will close the exhibition on June 2nd, National Gun Violence Awareness Day, as we ask the public to visit and be photographed wearing an orange T-shirt to participate in #WearOrange in collaboration with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. The space at 616 N Skinker Blvd will be open 10:00-7:00 June 2nd, so please drop in! Buzz will join us from 5:00-7:00.
Thank you to all who attended Memorial Day!