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Crafting Collectively

Taking part in participatory group projects.

Crafting Resistance—Six Moments in Kingston

Exhibition // 22 August–14 September 2019 // Kingston Arts Centre

Curated by craftivist Tal Fitzpatrick, this exhibition showcases the diverse collection of textile protest banners and video documentation created by local participants and community organisations during Six Moments in Kingston. Taking inspiration from the story of Julie Cooper, the first woman elected to local council in 1976 and first female mayor of Moorabbin in 1982; the banners commemorate the legacy of women’s suffrage and the struggles for equal rights endured into the present day.

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@Covid-19 Global Quilt Project

International Participatory Project // 2020–ongoing // Instagram

The @covid19quilt is an online global quilt project started by artists Kate Just and Tal Fitzpatrick to gather, narrate and share experiences of Covid-19 via craft. It builds on both artists’ history of creating socially-engaged textile projects that engage communities in thinking through, and making art about  complex social and political issues.

The project started as a way of responding to the distress, illness and loss arising globally due to the pandemic. In this moment in history, people all around the world are confined to their homes; and many are living alone. Our work lives, relationships, health, sense of safety and connection to friends, family and community are significantly impacted. We are learning to see touching (others, objects in the world) as a danger to our health and the health of others. For many, this is creating a sense of loss and grief.

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The @covid19quilt project invites artists and makers around the world to contribute a square image of a textile piece they created alongside a text that shares the story of the maker’s experience during Covid-19. The accruing squares of the Instagram feed become the ‘quilt’. Submissions are received via direct message to the @covid19quilt Instagram account and new posts appear daily. At December 2020, over 383 submissions from over 30 countries in the world have been received.