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An Art Refuge project
Art Refuge uses art and art therapy to support the mental health and well-being of people displaced due to conflict, persecution and poverty, both in the UK and internationally. Now, we are offering art as a thread to connect us with each other and offer hope and ways of coping through the coronavirus. Finding ways of coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and the community around you stronger.
When people across the world are being asked to isolate themselves from one another within communities, Art Refuge is thinking of creative ways to bring us together. Building on our work with refugees, we invite you to sit around a virtual community table and help create a patchwork tablecloth. Whether at home alone or on lock down with family, struggling in a camp or displaced on an island, whatever your age, and wherever you come from, we welcome you to take up this invitation to create a piece of the coronaquilt on the theme of RITUALS OF THE EVERYDAY.
What is a coronaquilt?
The Corona pattern is a traditional pattern, a bit like a crown, made up of triangles and squares, which are then sewn together to make a patchwork cloth. This is the inspiration, but the design and style of your individual square is up to you, and the uniqueness and variation across the world is what will make this project wonderful.
What to do
Make a square image using collage, paint, drawing, photography or text on the theme of RITUALS OF THE EVERYDAY. If these are available, use a piece of cloth or paper 21x21cm square (the length of the short side of an A4 sheet of paper). Otherwise take a photo on your mobile phone using a square format.
You can sew, draw, collage, glue, write, photograph. You can use words or images. If you have none of these materials, you can make your image on your i-pad or smartphone. If you can’t get the size or shape right it doesn’t matter.
Send us a photo of your square, alongside your name and a short description. (If you wish to remain anonymous, let us know). We will share your square on social media @coronaquilt and website: www.coronaquilt.org and will stitch the squares together to create a virtual quilt which you will be able to see grow online.
LOOK AFTER YOUR SQUARES CAREFULLY
Once the coronavirus has come to a close, and we are returning to ordinary patterns of life, we encourage you to come together in your local community. Bring with you your individual squares to make a collective coronaquilt. Photos can be printed onto paper or cloth. Exhibit the complete patchwork quilt in your local school, town hall or older people’s home - as a collective celebration of resilience, and the Rituals of the Everyday, that have carried each individual person through these challenging times.
Send photos of your square to firstname.lastname@example.org
or message us @coronaquilt
We will upload to Instagram @coronaquilt
Facebook and Twitter @artrefugeuk