Community Artwork Installation 

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El Paso Community College is proud to present this artwork created by students, faculty and staff during an Embroidery Workshop done in conjunction with the Student Art Show, the Development Office Mini-Grant, and the EPCC Art Department. 

“Threading Border Stories: An EPCC Community Embroidery Art Installation

Lead by Artist Margarita Cabrera.”

“Threading Border Stories”


This community art installation was created by El Paso Community College students, faculty and staff. We all got together for two Embroidery Workshops directed by the artist Margarita Cabrera. In the first workshop, Ms. Cabrera guided us to find a theme we all would like to explore together. She started by sharing with us works of art that she has completed, specifically here in El Paso, in order to connect with the group. She talked about her soft appliances sculptures that represents popular culture objects made by cheap labor at the maquiladoras on the other side of the border. Her ceramic sculpture “Arbol de la Vida” represents stories of belonging, heritage and traditions, present day immigrants, everyday life, and several other works.

We introduced ourselves and mentioned an issue that we would like to develop within the artwork that we will be producing. We finished the workshop and started working on our designs and to further develop our concept.

Some of these themes were:

  • Hope for what the border presents. Violence against women. Work as a transformation. Equity. Border crossings. Separation of families. Misinterpretation of the border. Otherness. Immigration. Gun control. LGBT rights. ​

In our second workshop, Ms. Cabrera mentioned that we would be working as a community, so we needed to bring forward the issues we are most interested in as a collective manner. We would then be creating a collective narrative with the installation piece. The narrative will show our perspective, our individual history in an aesthetic way within our collective work. We needed to think about our embroidery as an offering, an idea larger than ourselves. What is important? What will bring knowledge? What will it look like?

We decided on the embroidery, the THEME, the FORM and HOW IT WOULD COME TOGETHER.

A symbolic representation of elements of our personal history, things that are important, we bought in social-political issues, and symbols to life into the fabric with expressiveness. We also agreed on using a face-covering mask as our common element.

Ms. Cabrera directed us with a brainstorming of ideas for the final installation of the piece. The finished projects were placed on a representation of our border line, from El Paso to the East Coast created with braided cloth and colored ribbons, with the colors of Mexico/USA flags, to represent the hope, the unity, and the justice we would like to see on the border. The braided border line is held with sewing pins to show its instability.


You can visit this community art installation at the Transmountain Campus until the last week of August.

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Valle Verde Campus

919 Hunter

El Paso, TX 79915

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