PhillyFolk Artists

Vera Nakonechny

Ukrainian Embroiderer

Vera Nakonechny came to the United States as a teenager, and continued studying the various techniques of Ukrainian embroidery her mother had taught her as a young girl. She soon became a part of the strong Ukrainian-American community in Pennsylvania where she expanded her skills as an embroiderer. After the Ukraine gained its independence in 1991, Vera was able to return to her homeland where she conducted archival research about folk art traditions and studied with master craftspeople. She has researched and taught embroidery, beadwork, weaving, and other traditional forms related to textiles and adornment. She also volunteers as a teacher of these arts at community sites and at the Ukrainian Heritage Studies Center at Manor College. Her needlework has been displayed in recent exhibitions at the Down Jersey Folklife Center, and at the Philadelphia Folklore Project, such as our 2006 Community Fabric exhibition. She is one of the women documented in PFP’s 2007 exhibition, All that We Do. In 2015, Ms. Nakonechny received the highest honor for folk and traditional artists in this country when the National Endowment for the Arts recognized her as a National Heritage Fellow.

Related Resources:

My art is my passion (PDF). By Vera Nakonechny. Works in Progress Magazine 19:1/3