The ThreadCounts Project, founded by Luanne Stovall, has its roots in Boston, MA. Initially, its purpose was to explore the uncanny ways that threads have become such an integral part of our lives. The project originally took the form of an exhibition co-curated with Leila Lee Mitchell and included several components: an exhibition in the spring of 2006 at GASP Gallery, an online gallery, a link with the Harvard VES Film Series, and other community events.
Now based in Austin, Texas, the direction of the focus of the project has shifted. ThreadCounts is being developed as a full circle pilot project beginning with an awareness-raising mission about the nature of the threads that clothe and shelter us - our second skin. TCP recognizes the necessity to rescue used textiles from the landfill to new sustainable uses. Rather than label them ‘waste’, we can reinvest our worn sheets, towels, clothing, etc into aesthetically pleasing products poised to serve our daily needs. TCP is envisioned as a community awareness raising campaign, a new design concept for neighborhood textile collection, a Studio Workshop & Production Site, a job training internship program, a research and development component, and a gallery café & meetinghouse.