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THE RECIPE BOX consists of sixteen hand-painted cotton napkins, inspired by my work at a homeless women’s shelter in Brooklyn during the summer of 2014, as part of a NYC-based residency, Engaging Artists. Over two months, I organized cooking workshops with a group of women based on recipes they submitted to a communal box I set up at the residence: THE RECIPE BOX. Following our workshops in the kitchen, I began this series of napkins as a celebration of these women’s stories, their recipes, and our collaboration. Each napkin includes an excerpt of one woman's recipe, which I traced and hand-painted onto the fabric. These photographs show the napkins installed at Hot Wood Arts Center in 2015 as part of the Engaging Artists culminating exhibition. Beside the napkins is the cookbook we produced that includes the original recipe submissions and other materials from our work together.