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Patrizia Ferreira Opening Event: “This Time Tomorrow: Crafting Resistance”

October 20, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us in celebrating the textile art of Patrizia Ferreira in the exhibit, This Time Tomorrow: Crafting Resistance with an opening reception hosted Friday, October 20 from 6PM-7:30PM. Light bites will be provided by Counting House restaurant, and craft cocktails inspired by the exhibition will be available for purchase. As always, this event is free and open to the public.

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In their work, Ferreira models the importance of personal deep listening, and yielding to focus on our planetary home, Earth. Her embroidered creations are gentle invitations for us to craft personal protests and community calls to action.

“As an immigrant woman in the United States, I am in constant search for my “home”. I feel the need to dig into my past, to reinvent my homeland. This effort transports me to a land of legends, allegories, full of nostalgia and longing.”

Today our home faces unprecedented ecological challenges, demanding our attention and care. Ferreira’s artworks are a laborious record of environmental crisis and a radical call for systemic changes. Each artwork stitched at great lengths of time, Ferreira harnesses the power of technology at a meticulous pace to raise a collective spirit and hand craft solutions.

“Central to my work is the employment of the most paradoxical of all materials, plastic. This choice isn’t casual, while it is one of the most successful of human inventions in the history of material science, its widespread use is one of the biggest contributors to the current state of our environment. Working with the plastic debris of our society, incorporating yarn, thread, fabric remnants, heirloom textiles, and found waste, I get to reconcile, to stitch, to patch, to mend the world around me.”

Ferreira’s work is an invitation to engage with craft, design and technology, as a practice of resilience.


Patrizia Ferreira received a bachelor’s degree in textile design from the Institute of Industrial Design in Montevideo, Uruguay and a Master of Science degree in textile design for prints from Philadelphia University (now Thomas Jefferson University). She is an artist and educator working in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Elevate at 21c presents temporary exhibitions of works by artists living and working in the communities surrounding each 21c Museum Hotel. Elevate provides hotel guests and visitors with unique access to the work of notable regional artists, while featuring their work in the context of 21c’s contemporary art space.