weaving became a language unto itself between me and the women we visited. Every stitch, every applique and every colour told a story of origin.
With the benefit run of Eating with Lola coming in January, I have been thinking a lot about family, the loss of family in a diaspora and mourning that loss.
In partnership with the THREADING BLOOD project headed by Jenna Lee Forde and Maylee Todd, we endeavor to create a “queer quilt” made of “patches” of family photos — chosen or biological from the queer spectrum community.
Their series of community based quilting workshops explore familial memory and new forms of connectivity based not only on blood family, but also on chosen family and its relationship to self-making. Inspired by DIY, queer and radical feminist craft making, their quilting workshops became unique and affective sites for creation and connection. Each workshop guest would contribute a patch, object and or story to our quilting circle in order to reconstitute the relationship between blood family and chosen family. These workshops were not only a unique and affective performance that exercises emotional endurance, but also attempts to remember and reconsider space for our everyday relationships to the construction of family.
So what does family mean to the queer community in a queer context? Send us your pictures and a short quote about what family means to you at firstname.lastname@example.org
All submissions will be posted on our tumbr page to create our online quilt. Please share amongst your networks!