People from across the country will be contributing to a Quarantine Quilt.
The Quilt will be created as part of a project by Devon-based organisation Significant Seams CIC, which has received Arts Council England funding to lead a national stitching project in response to the effect Coronoavirus is having on our lives.
People are invited to send stitched words or designs which reflect their feelings and responses to the pandemic.
The project is inviting people to make patches for one of several community quilt projects across the country. They are also providing free learning materials online, and developing new ways to deliver remote arts-based courses. The first courses will be delivered free to Devon residents this summer via Devon Recovery Learning Community, which is part of Devon NHS Partnership Trust.
An emerging network of organisations, artists, and projects across the UK are producing quilts in response to Covid-19 and the changes it has had on people’s lives. Significant Seams is also examining the evidence for the health and wellbeing benefits of these activities. Alongside Significant Seams, so far, there are projects in Oxford, Cambridge, London, Essex, Bradford, Derbyshire, West, Derbyshire, Somerset and West Yorkshire. These include textile projects in response to Covid-19, arts & health organisations, and community organisations supporting one or more such projects.
Everyone is invited to contribute one of two types of patches:
A stitched word for ‘The Wall of Words’ on a 5inch high x 7 inch wide rectangle with a word or phrase within the 4 x 6 inch centre area (leaving a ½” seam allowance all the way around the design. Alternately (or additionally) SW residents are encouraged to submit
Any design representing feelings, responses and experiences related to the coronoavirus pandemic on 7 inch squares with your design centered within the 6inch centre area.
Patches should be sent to: Significant Seams, Apple Studio, ℅ Carpenters Cottage, Crediton Hamlets EX17 5BX
The Quarantine Quilt will be part of an online exhibition in the first instance. Further plans are subject to evolving circumstances.