Date(s) - Friday, Mar 31, 2023
10:00 am-4:00 pm
The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens is sponsoring an exhibit by Stitch Buffalo from March 11 to April 6. Stitch Buffalo is a textile art center committed to empowering refugee and immigrant women through the sale of their handcrafted goods, inspiring creativity and inclusion through community education, and stewarding the environment through the re-use of textile supplies.
The exhibit centers on the theme of birds as a metaphor for freedom, enlightenment, hope, and wisdom. Soaring above the trees and nestled amongst the vibrant foliage in the large central Palm Dome of the Botanical Gardens, these colorful birds encourage visitors to consider the space from a fresh and emotionally elevated perspective. Birds are also associated with transitions and travel (much like the refugee women artisans who created them), and garlands mark the entry and exit points of the exhibition space. These traditional garlands are used in many world cultures to “sweep away” bad spirits as you leave or enter a space. In this context, they welcome visitors and mark the transition to a space where they are invited to open their minds and explore new intersections of earth and sky, culture and place, past and future. Each large-scale bird is created as a textile-based sculptural piece and embellished with hand embroidery by refugee women artisans living in Western New York. Likewise, the transitional garlands are created by refugee artisans drawing on their own cultural traditions.
The exhibit is included with the cost of admission.
E-Tickets are recommended for all visitors. Walk-ins may be turned away if our visitor capacity has been met.