I believe artists and stitchers have an important role to play right now. I had begun a Collaborative Prepping stitch based project at Adelaide Central School of Art Gallery with the exhibition Drastic Fabric, but as events have unfolded around Coronavirus this has necessarily adapted. My recent Survivalist Sampler series now seem more prescient than ever.
Stitch for me is a way of lessening worry, documenting important skills and knowledge, and providing hope thorough wisdom about a shared future. I am calling out to anyone who would like to join me in stitching their own survivalist sampler. Record in stitch these unprecedented times, knowledge that can help us move forward, your thoughts and insights, your life and what you value. Samplers from all cultures and times have become surviving records of their makers lives. They are so valuable. I suggest starting with fabric about the size of a tea towel, or a tea towel itself, and find a quiet time each day to add something small. It is slow progress but meaningful. I will post my progress if you post yours, using #survivalistsampler.