Juliana Meehan eaches reading and writing to sixth grade students at Tenafly Middle School in Tenafly, NJ. She holds bachelor degrees in English literature and anthropology and a master’s degree in reading from William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ.
Upon visiting Rwanda in 2010 as a tourist, Juliana entered Christiane’s shop and first beheld the embroideries in this collection. Finding them extraordinary, she promptly bought several of them and later learned the full story of how the works were created by the talented women trained by Rwagatare.
Since returning to the States, Juliana’s goal has been to bring these works to the attention of the American public. She sustains the workshop by regularly purchasing embroideries at prices set by the workshop and exhibiting them, telling the story of the remarkable women who created them. The works have been shown in museums and galleries in New York, New Jersey, Ohio, and Washington, DC.
Juliana lives with her husband John and her dog Chloe in Bogota, NJ.