Realised this morning I should add Texas to the craft meets next year.
my US list reads like this at the moment
LA, San fran, seattle, NY, Florida, texas, where ashley is from (Philly? Jersey? ASHLEY I FORGET).
Kids, i need this for ethics because the trip has to be approved by a group of people. I am open to suggestions of other places.
A rough idea of what this will be about.
My PhD project asks people who have had their lives affected by eating disorders - either by way of living it, or supporting a loved one (family or friend) to submit a “patch” which will be crafted into a giant patchwork quilt. The quilt hopes to expose the private thought processes and hidden experience of eating disorders so they may be understood better by the wider community. Being a disordered person myself, the submitter can rest assured their submissions will be treated wth the utmost care and respect.
Patches can be submitted by way of post, or a blog that I will be setting up. If patches are anonymously submitted by through the blog (either an image that the submitter draws, or just some text), they will be embroidered by a group of volunteers. These groups will have full access to counselling services, and the spaces will be safe.
The idea behind the travelling group across the globe is that the project becomes truly global and connected. Patchwork quilts have along history of hidden narrative, as well as being associated with warmth, and comfort and I wish to tap into that. If you come to a group, you have the opportunity to stitch your own patch with a group of people, or stitch a patch from the blog - perhaps one you feel speaks to your own experience. OR, you can help start piecing the quilt together. There is some real joy in sitting under the quilt as you stitch it. The connectivity that is felt… I cannot explain it. There will be a travelling journal in which you can anonymously write about your thoughts/ experiences with the group. There will also be a drop box that you can simply wander in and put your patch in without posting, or talking to anyone. Should you want to participate you will have to sign some forms (sorry -its an ethics thing!). I will be on hand to help with stitching if you worry about your ability and I am trying to make sure there will be information about support services/ and a support person available. So, that is the project. Within australia I will be coming to sydney and melbourne. I will hit up London in the UK, and possibly manchester (a friend is a bigwig in the NSU and is from manchester), I will also hit up Canada. I am open to people holding their own private groups and then passing the patches onto me - if you want to do it within your friendship groups etc.
As before, I am still hoping for expressions of interest for volunteers in each area to help with set up, forms being signed, and stitching support, and if you know of any support groups/ counselling services please let me know. Also interested in ideas of locations for groups. They may not be in a domestic residence.
SO, thats what is happening. I can’t wait for this to get started.