Knit Democracy Together

Recent elections have been plagued by allegations of voter fraud and there is growing distrust in the legitimacy of our democratic institutions. Knit Democracy Together, a project created by Eve Jacobs-Carnahan, will demystify the electoral process and your rights as a voter as it engages citizen crafters in building a collaborative sculpture of the New Hampshire State House. 

At each event, artist and former election lawyer Eve Jacobs-Carnahan will give a nonpartisan presentation and lead a discussion about the electoral system, highlighting variations in state election rules across the country. Attendees will gain confidence in recognizing and responding to misinformation to prepare for the 2024 presidential election.  

More than a lecture or discussion session, attendees will contribute 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 prior knitting or crocheting experience needed. 

Register for an event

Wednesday, February 14, 5:30 pm
Counting the Votes: The Process, the People, and the Electoral College
Dover Public Library, 73 Locust Street, Dover

Thursday, March 7, 5:30 pm
Representing All Voices: Gerrymandering and Ranked Choice Voting

Monroe Town Hall, 50 Main Street, Monroe
Register for 3/7

Thursday, March 14, 5:30 pm
Representing All Voices: Gerrymandering and Ranked Choice Voting
Belknap Mill, 25 Beacon Street E #1, Laconia
Register for 3/14

Wednesday, March 20, 5:30 pm
Counting the Votes: The Process, the People, and the Electoral College
Conway Public Library, 15 Greenwood Avenue, Conway
Register for 3/20

Thursday, April 11, 5:30 pm
Representing All Voices: Gerrymandering and Ranked Choice Voting
Historical Society of Cheshire County, 246 Main Street, Keene
Register for 4/11

Thursday, April 18, 5:30pm
Counting the Votes: The Process, the People, and the Electoral College
Weeks Memorial Library, 128 Main Street, Lancaster
Register for 4/18

Exhibit Opening

Thursday, June 13 at 1:00 pm
NH State Library, 20 Park Street, Concord

About the facilitator: Prior to becoming a full-time visual artist, Eve Jacobs-Carnahan 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. Using the comforting quality of yarn and the charming attraction of birds, her sculptures tell allegorical stories about society. Her artwork is featured in 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.

Learn more at www.knitdemocracy.org.  

Knit Democracy Together is made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities' United We Stand: Connecting Through Culture initiative.