How does voting work? And how do you know your voice counts? Knit Democracy Together will demystify the electoral process as it engages citizen crafters in knitting circles. At each gathering, artist and former election lawyer Eve Jacobs-Carnahan will give a nonpartisan presentation and lead a discussion about the electoral system. Attendees will learn more about voting and gain confidence in recognizing and responding to misinformation, untangling what happened in our recent national elections and preparing for the 2024 presidential election.
More than a lecture or discussion session, attendees will be contributing to a collaborative sculpture of the New Hampshire State House made of the knitted and crocheted pieces stitched at each of the six circles around the state, a visual representation of individuals’ participation in lawmaking and the democratic process. In June, the completed sculpture will be unveiled and publicly exhibited at the NH State Library in Concord, alongside participants’ stories about voting and participating in the electoral process.
Materials will be provided. No skills needed. Please register here https://nhhumanities.app.neoncrm.com/nx/portal/neonevents/events#/events...
About the facilitator: Eve Jacobs-Carnahan has a background in law and art. Prior to becoming a full-time visual artist, Eve served as a lawyer in the Vermont Attorney General’s Office where she specialized in election law. She was the lead trial attorney defending Vermont’s campaign finance law in Randall v. Sorrell, decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2006.
Eve makes narrative sculptures incorporating knitting. She uses the comforting quality of yarn and the charming attraction of birds to tell allegorical stories about society. Eve’s artwork is included in the book Astounding Knits! 101 Spectacular Knitted Creations and Daring Feats by Lela Nargi (Voyageur Press 2011). She gives talks on the history of knitted art and the use of knitting by artists engaged in social action.
Eve was named a 2021 Creative Community Fellow New England by National Arts Strategies and the Barr Foundation. She earned a B.A. with Honors from Swarthmore College and a J.D. from the University of Chicago.