What is next

The research shows that the number of international migrants worldwide has continued to grow rapidly over the past fifteen years reaching 244 million in 2015, up from 222 million in 2010 and 173 million in 2000.

Nearly two thirds of all international migrants live in Europe (76 million) or Asia (75 million). Northern America hosted the third largest number of international migrants (54 million), followed by Africa (21 million), Latin America and the Caribbean (9 million) and Oceania (8 million).

Women comprise slightly less than half of all international migrants. Female migrants outnumber male migrants in Europe and Northern America.

New yarn canvases "weaved" as an art project becomes a social fabric (or ryjy), filled with immigrants' stories. The main objects in this practice are yarns that I, an artist, attaching to the blank canvas, a metaphor of a life started from scratch in a new country. Yarn is a continuous length of interlocked fibers, a long-distance connection to previous life and experience. In informal language, “yarn” means telling a long story.

New series of canvases is called Social Fabric of Migration. It's an ongoing project which purpose is to create a social fabric filled with stories of other immigrants, to share those stories with others, to connect people and to provide this important feeling that every one of us is a part of the community and we shape the community no matter what official statuses in our papers saying.

If you feel you want to share your immigrant story or a story that connects you to the challenges of any kind of migration and become a part of Social Fabric of Migration, please, share your story in this survey.

It will be just great if you can participate in the art project with your real yarn, then please choose the yarn that has personal meaning for you or pick one that represents you and your immigration experience.

Any amount, any colour, new or old - just please, describe why you chose it.

For those of you who are located in Finland, there are a collection stands with yarns to choose from. Collection stands are hosted by three libraries and available between April 24–May 2, 2017:

Harald Herlin Learning Centre / Otaniemi Library
Otaniementie 9, 02100 Espoo

Library 10 (Postitalo)
Elielinaukio 2G, 00100 Helsinki

Kallio Library
Viides linja 11, 00530 Helsinki
collection stands are available between April 24–May 2, 2017.

For those of you who wants to participate in future projects with your own yarns, please send the yarn along with your story to:

Please send it to:
Varvara Zhemchuzhnikova,
15 Maude Court
Port Moody, BC, Canada
V3H 4J6

Thank you!

Housewife-in-residence canvas, Social Fabric of Migration Online edition, Social Fabric of Migration Finnish edition canvases and their journals with stories will be available during the exhibition “Social Fabric of Migration” on May 5-26, 2017, in Harald Herlin Learning Centre, Otaniementie 9, 02150 Espoo, Finland.