Do you recall the colour of your favourite dress? The smell of a childhood blanket? The pattern on the drawing room curtains?
All the fabrics that surround us; in our wardrobes, homes, offices and communities have stories.
WeFabricate is a community art organisation exploring these stories in a project called A Quilt of Memories.
Emily Langdon is a textile artist who makes quilts (and also happens to be one of our amazing tutors here at The Makery). Her most recent quilt is now on display at Bath Central Library. This quilt has a long history - it was first started back in the 1950's by a lady called Su Elliott and contains lots of different fabrics, from many places and people. Emily finished the quilt last year following a commission from Su's daughter - Clare. That's over 60 years since it was first started!
What's so great about Su and Clare's quilt is that it has inspired another one - although this one will look rather different....it will be a quilt of written memories.
WeFabricate is looking for contributions to go into this quilt. This could be anything - an idea, a story, a memory - as long as it's inspired by a fabric. For example:
- An item of clothing your grandfather used to wear.
- A wigwam that you used to hide away in at the bottom of the garden.
- A description of a familiar pattern.
- A memory of the smell of clean bedsheets.
- Your dislike of how velvet feels against the skin.
- The dress you can’t believe you wore to your first disco.
- The collection of flags from your travels abroad.
- The first fabric you bought at The Makery!
Please share your memories here in the comments, or on the WeFabricate facebook page, or you can send an email direct to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you'd like to come and visit Emily during her artist residency at Bath Central Library, she'll be in the foyer during opening house from Tuesday 17th to Thursday 19th March. Drop in and learn how to hand-patchwork for free while sharing your fabric memories.
Everyone who provides a memory will be entered into a prize draw to win a patchwork cushion! Good luck!