This on going project is an investigation of stitched signature cloths, exploring their development in the 19th Century as funder-raisers, record of community and friendship, to their relevance and significance today. It stems from research in 2010 investigating signature quilts in the collection of International Quilt Study Center in Nebraska.
My intention is over the next three to five years to work with different groups to investigate, explore and document their responses. This could range from high schools, refugee organisations, to local community health projects. Running in tandem with this will be my own cloths, a personal exploration of identity and belonging.
Investigating and documenting these early cloths will not only inform the new collaborations but help to shed light on this unique form of social history. All the journeys I have relished, amassing a wonderful store of images and sketchbook ideas related to the stitched cloths and stories associated with their making.