Giant patchwork quilts made by Lewisham residents are going on display in the window of Deptford Lounge until the end of April, as well as in an online exhibition. The pieces were made during the 12-week Patched Together community project run by sewing school Make Mee Studio.
Make Mee Studio, based in Crofton Park Library, will be beginning a new Patched Together will be project, thanks to a successful Spacehive crowdfunding campaign that received a £5000 from the Make London fund. The sewing school is reaching out to community groups who have service users who would benefit from the scheme. Visit their website to learn more.
During lockdown the company delivered free textile kits across Lewisham, working with Voluntary Services Lewisham, Evelyn Community Store, Mind, Bring Me Sunshine and others. The kits included equipment and instructions for a range of textile crafts. Over 430 patches were completed and sewn into large quilts. After Deptford the quilts will tour exhibition venues around the borough.
Make Mee founder Jaime Greenly said: “The pandemic has severely increased isolation and this has been a strain on almost everyone’s mental health. With craft having been proven to have a positive impact we wanted to do something creative that would teach people new skills and bring the community together even though we were stuck at home. The funding from Make London means we can run Patched Together for a second time. We provide all the equipment and materials so even people who have never touched a needle and thread before, and don’t have materials at home can join in.”
One participant said: “Once I began I found I learned so much and I am inspired to carry on with most of the activities and skills I have tried. It’s helped with the isolation and depression I have experienced in this period”.