The Remoir Project is a nationwide initiative to tell our true personal stories as memoir through original textile art created by multidisciplinary artist Akwi Nji and incorporating donated remnants of fabric representing a moment or memory from the lives of everyday people. Each original artwork (or "textile memoir") created for The Remoir Project incorporates fabric remnants (and, in some cases, found objects) donated by people from around the United States who have also submitted a true story or memory associated with each fabric remnant.
The completed textile memoir serves as a visual representation of the story associated with the donated fabric remnants. The term "Remoir" merges "remnant" and "memoir" and is also a nod to the etymology of the word "remnant": "remanoir" which means "to remain".
Akwi's hope with The Remoir Project is to both honor the role of memory and what remains of an experience as well as to honor the transformative power of releasing the remnants of those experiences through visual and literary storytelling. These memoirs shared with Akwi by everyday people become archived through visual representations of original art and through Akwi's written words, written in collaboration with contributors, that accompany them. These textile memoirs might be humorous, joyful, whimsical, poignant, painful, liberating. We hope to capture the breadth of what it means to not only live in America, but what it means to be human.
A portion of the proceeds of each sold piece of original artwork is donated to a charity or non-profit organization identified by the donor whose fabric remnants were used to make the original artwork. This initiative was launched on November 4, 2020. The website will be updated as the textile memoirs are completed. You can also keep up with The Remoir Project and see behind-the-scenes progress through Akwi's Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.