Overview. (Click title for full website.)
The Covid time capsule quilt is a combined virtual and physical quilt recording the memories and discoveries that parents and families with young children have made during the first stage of the coronavirus pandemic in Vancouver, taking place from March 2020 to the present. Such realizations might include: discovering a desire to grow your own food, the importance of care in our communities, a renewed awareness of social and racial inequity, as well as the joy and functionality of family biking in urban centres. This quilt aims to capture these realizations, and to ensure that they are located within our dreams and designs for the present and future.
Keep * Toss * Transform
The question of what do we want to Keep, Leave, or Transform was posed by Rauna Kuokkanen, during the webinar, “Structuring an Economy for People and Planet in the Time of Climate Crisis and COVID-19” webinar from Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network, May 28, 2020. Video available: https://www.facebook.com/WECAN.Intl/videos/687455462094478/
Background to the "Quilt" concept
The idea of a quilt is inspired firstly by a mother in the Babies for Climate Action community - Jennifer Edwards. She had been trying to put together a quilt for some time.She met with group members for quilting sessions prior to the start of the pandemic, and has amassed a collection of donated fabric pieces from the community. Jennifer was inspired by the long history of quilts as spaces for community conversation and memory building, and wanted to bring these relational storytelling and collective making practices into our community. She has also shared wonderful feedback during the planning stages of the Time Capsule Quilt.
We look to the storytelling quilts of Faith Ringgold (video), and their history as relational, community-located items, engaged with social justice action. Quilts are wonderfully sensory, and might just serve as an antidote to this time of virtual talking heads and computer-mediated interaction. Quilts are tangible symbols of comfort and care that wrap us up and protect us.The quilt holds the memories of the hands that have stitched it together, and as such, it could be an answer to what a post/during-covid aesthetic might look like.
At this point in time (as of July 2020), this project is in a “pilot” phase, as such, the process outlined, and any of the details presented here are subject to change, with the exception of my commitment to upholding the principles laid out in my ethical statement (below). For collaborators, this also means that your feedback is especially welcomed at this stage, and that it is possible to deviate or change the participation steps outlined under Join In!
Paused due to covid-19. To be returned...
Developed as part of a Futures/Forward Artist Residency,
Arts-informed collaborative inquiry into the circumstances of the pandemic alongside staff at the Prairie Climate Center with mothers from Babies for Climate Action.
- Blog with entries from bi-weekly open studios.
- Detailed guide including ethical statement in the "About" section.
- Audio recordings of children speaking about their stories and experiences first-hand through the pandemic
- Outline for potential thematic connection pages to be developed in future phases of this project.