How do you sew with a bicycle?

Artist Paul Nosa spent a year planning and two months building his solar-powered sewing machine. He created it with a Singer CG590 powered by a solar-panel, a bicycle to provide energy, a 12-volt permanent fixed magnetic motor and a 12-volt deep cycle marine battery.

Nosa draws by sewing; give him a scenario in five words or less, hop on the bicycle to power his machine, and he will illustrate a patch you can take home. He will bring his Solar Sewing Rover Project to the Hunterdon Art Museum’s Toshiko Takaezu Terrace on Sunday, Sept. 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event is free, and everyone is welcome.

The Solar Sewing Rover Project will coincide with the opening reception of Intimate Lines: Drawing with Thread. All are welcome to enjoy the free program on the terrace and the opening of this exciting exhibition.

In Intimate Lines: Drawing with Thread, 16 artists wield a needle like a pen to compose intensely personal stories and record intimate histories. Artists deal with relationships, gender and identity; their works show exquisite textured drawings that expand upon textile traditions to make compelling contemporary statements.

Intimate Lines: Drawing with Thread is generously supported by the Coby Foundation, Ltd.

Nosa, whose art appears in the exhibition, has toured the country by van bringing his Solar Sewing  Rover Project to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Minnesota, Milwaukee, Chicago and other cities.