States of Emergenc(y)e, a textile arts, textile workshop and performance series advocating for opening borders and extending compassion and care to immigrants and refugees. Workshop/exhibition opening Saturday, 2/22 @Society for Domestic Museology.

Performance at Brooklyn waterfront (Manhattan border) wearing embroidery on indigo-dyed fabric and emergency blanket. Embroidery motif inspired by 1860 Mexican sampler


Performance wearing government-issued emergency blanket with immigrant advocacy messages at Brooklyn waterfront/Manhattan border with commentary about the ways we reject immigrants/”others” while appropriating their language, food, visual culture, music. Hand embroidery on fabric appliqu├ęd onto emergency blanket.


Government for Human Dignity. Top embroidery with natural dye painting by Dani Song. Bottom embroideries by Iviva Olenick, and sewn onto emergency blanket by Iviva Olenick. To be worn in States of Emergenc(y)e performances, spring 2020.


Witness at the Border. 2020. Embroideries by Spencer Merolla, Julie Triedman, Jennifer Tobias, John & Wendy, Iviva Olenick (the applicant), Rebecca Kelly, Alison Stein, Margaret Seiler, Wendy Parker made during free embroidery workshop, 2/22/2020. Quilt assembled and sewn onto emergency blanket by Iviva Olenick. To be worn in online and in-person performances, spring 2020-2021.



Embroidery workshop and opening reception for States of Emergenc(y)e, February 22, 2020. Video by Dani Song, edited by Iviva Olenick.

Next embroidery workshop taking place online in late April.