A COLLECTIVE QUILT MAKING PROJECT ENCOURAGING SOCIAL
COHESION AT A TIME OF SOCIAL DISTANCING.

McCahon House intended to welcome Australian artist Nell for a one-month Residency at Parehuia during the month of April 2020 where she would host a series of open studios and workshops. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic Nell’s plans for travel have been delayed. In response, we have decided to take Nell’s project online so those interested can participate from anywhere they are.

Nell and McCahon House would like to invite you to participate in a quilt project. Everyone is welcome to participate - from first-time sewers to experienced needle workers, to contribute an embroidered piece of fabric to one of two ‘crazy quilts’. Nell invites each of you to decorate a piece of fabric with the name of a woman who has had meaning in your life. These will be quilted together forming a patchwork of many women’s names in homage to women’s creativity and craft, work and labour. One will be decorated with the name ANNE, after Anne McCahon (nee Hamblett), and the other with the artist’s name – NELL, acknowledging where the particularities of Anne & Nell’s individual stories interchange with a collective female history.

This project intends to provide a reflective and peaceful activity open to anyone who is interested to pick up a needle and thread. If you are interested in participating some easy to follow guidelines for the project can be downloaded here.

Tag your progress with #NELLANNEQUILT on social media.

Participants

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to The NELL ANNE Quilt Project.