We are partnering with artist Aaron McIntosh for Invasive: A Queer Quilting Bee at S23. 

Invasive, a project for Southern queers and their allies, subverts the negative characterization of invasive species and uses queer kudzu as a symbol of visibility, strength and tenacity in the face of presumed “unwantedness”. Invasive collects the stories of LGBTQAI on printed Kudzu leaves. The kudzu will be exhibited at art centers and public events across the Southeast.

We will draw and quilt stories of LGBTQIA community members on fabric kudzu leaves. We will provide all materials for producing the kudzu stories, including fabrics, dye markers, quilting supplies and sewing machines. No experience necessary, just bring yourself and your stories.

The kudzu stories become part of a larger art project, and do not go home with the participants. However, everyone’s contribution is respectfully valued. After making a kudzu leaf, each participant will have their photograph taken with their leaf. With participant permission, these photos will be posted to Invasive’s website and blog to document the individuals and communities that have contributed to the project.

A portion of proceeds from this workshop will be donated to Side by Side Richmond.


You can pre-register with a donation here, or simply drop in for the workshop!