Once upon a time the women of a small village were sitting around a camp fire, sewing together. There was a very old woman, seated at the head of the circle. She had white hair and her hands were twisted and gnarled - she could no longer hold a needle. Yet despite that, the eyes of every other, younger woman around the fire were on her; she was not creating beauty with her hands, but with her voice.
As the artist for the project I am most interested in the connections between the patchwork of voices and the physical patchwork quilt and how we can bring those elements together during an installation. During the planning stage for PS’14 we were concerned that those who chose to share their stories with us have something to take away from the experience. It was decided that each person who shared a story would choose a piece of fabric (sourced from the homes of the group), they would keep a small strip and the rest would be saved to go into the quilt during the installation.
For PS’15 we are planning to keep with this same process of choosing and sharing. However I am going to be more intentional with the fabric, cutting the pieces to a uniform shape and using thick embroidery thread for the sewing. I think that will help the quilt to take shape in a way that will leave us with a quilt that I can develop further.
Ultimately I would like to make a piece of art using the finished quilt; as we take the patchwork Stories project further and make more connections between people and countries we will create more quilts, share more stories and touch more people and their lives.