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Pictured: Rebecca Ramos, Pocket Full of Dreams, 2020

Description: Pockets are spaces within which we place special items we want to hold close. Drawing on storytelling, quilting and sewing traditions, this Pocket Full of Dreams workshop provides a space for community members to exchange stories and pieces of fabric as they create and sew pockets on their personal items with the hope and intention of continuing to keep the dreams of ourselves and others protected and safe. These pockets, sewn with care, will serve as reminders of the stories, people, memories and treasures we cherish.

Participants are asked to bring one piece of fabric or cloth material that has a special meaning, memory and a story they are willing to share with our small group. This piece of fabric will be exchanged with one or more participants in the workshop and, with the guidance of Rebecca Ramos, will be transformed into a pocket to be sewn onto the participant’s personal cloth item of preference, whether it is a t-shirt, pillowcase, handkerchief, or other cloth textile.

This workshop is based off of the work Pocket Full of Dreams by Rebecca Ramos who provides the following poem which accompanies her piece:

Pocket Full of Dreams is about
rest 
and gentleness, 
a pillowed cradle for the head, 
a soft touch for the cheek. 

Pocket Full of Dreams is about 
protection
and respect
a blossom guardian from the forest,
a sanctuary space to enter and retreat. 

Pocket Full of Dreams is about
having each
a sister,
pulled from the same plate,
together sharing the stories that we keep.
 
The stories that we keep, 
the stories that we sleep, 
for now and forever
in the pockets of our dreams. 

Pocket Full of Dreams is about
a story
and an end, 
for a final hope to rest,
for a further peace
and gentleness. 

This program is a part of the exhibition Supporting Indigenous Sisters: An International Print Exchange which will be on view at the Donkey Mill from August 27 to October 15, 2022. This exhibition and programs are made possible by the Laila Twigg-Smith Art Fund of the Hawai’i Community Foundation and County of Hawaiʻi Contingency Funds from Holeka Goro Inaba (North Kona, District 8).

Level:  Beginner, Ages 17+

Supply fee includes: 

  • Complimentary use of sewing needles, thread, scissors, iron

Students should bring: 

  • One piece of fabric or material that has special meaning to you and a story you are willing to share with our small group. This piece of fabric will be exchanged with one or more participants in the workshop and will become a pocket.
  • A piece of clothing/cloth item (t-shirt, pillowcase, handkerchief, etc.) on which the pocket will be sewn on to.
  • Water bottle / Snack

About the Artist: Rebecca Ramos is a featured artist in the exhibition Supporting Indigenous Sisters: An International Print Exchange. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, and her Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Born in Alaska and raised in Hawaii, her father from the Philippines and her mother from Hungary, she has always worked with themes of belonging, storytelling, and identity in her imagery. She teaches drawing and printmaking for Cabrillo College and currently lives in Aptos, California. 

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