Detroit artist uses embroidery to drive social change in a new exhibit

Fatema Haque is one of the artists featured in “The World We Need,” opening Oct. 13 at Swords into Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery.

Fatema Haque

Writer, educator, and fiber artist Fatema Haque.

The World We Need” is a new art exhibition focused on radical change for a more just world. The show features work in a variety of mediums from local, regional and national artists.

An exhibition opening will take place on Thursday, Oct. 13 from 6-9 p.m. at Swords into Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery on East Adams in Detroit. The show will then run through Nov. 19.

teal, red and yellow poster with art examples that reads, "The World We Need: an art show focused on the radical change our world requires. Thursday, October 13th from 6-9 p.m. at Swords into Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery."

Fatema Haque is a Bangladeshi-American writer and artist, and a lecturer at the University of Michigan. Her hand-embroidered portraits will be on display at “The World We Need.”

She spoke with CultureShift about how she uses her craft to honor the women in her life, manage her anxiety and drive social change.

“Hopefully people see themselves in the work and/or are inspired to take up a craft that they might have otherwise not even thought about as a possible creative outlet.” — Fatema Haque, artist.

Photos courtesy of Fatema Haque.

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  • Tia Graham
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