About The Blanket
Wellington Craftivism Collective is Creating a giant handmade patchwork blanket to show support and solidarity for the Occupy Movement.
We have invited people from all over the world to submit patches to us by mail, these patches will then be lovingly crafted together to form a united blanket.
We have plans for the blanket to then travel around the world to different Occupy locations where workshops will be held and people invited to add patches to the blanket.
All patches need to be 20cm x 20cm’s (please leave a 1cm border blank around the edge to give us space to sew them together with out loosing any of your beautiful designs). The patch can be made in any fabric based medium- cross stitch, knitted, crocheted, embroidered, fabric paints, felt… go get creative!
This is your chance to make a statement, use your square to convey how you think the world could be a better place.
Postage address for worldwide patches is 7/b Blucher Ave, Newtown, Wellington, New Zealand.
We are very excited to share with you some of the patch contributions that we have received from overseas.
These cute little crocheted patches arrived in the post from Melbourne, Australia.
A beautiful and inspiring patch from 'a Girl's guide to taking over the world' based in London.
This beautifully hand stitched patch winged its way here all the way from Sweden.
Here are some patches created at our New Zealand Workshops.
We also know that several more are on their way from cities such as London and Toronto.
what are you waiting for?
Send us your patch now!
The Evolving Blanket
After two patch making workshops held in Wellington and some globally submitted patches, the Giant blanket is starting to take shape!
The Travelling 'Mini' Blankets
The collective have decided that to gain the most widespread outreach, that the blanket will to begin with be a series of a few smaller blankets. This will allow the blanket to travel to more destinations and to be in more than one place at one time.
In each travel location there will be a workshop giving the local people a chance to contribute a patch to the blanket. Once the blankets are mobile we will post the workshop events on this blog, so stay tuned.
Once the tour is finished The smaller blankets will be lovingly sewn into one giant blanket which will then be exhibited.
'Mini' Blanket # 1
This is the very first 'Mini' Blanket that has been created from local and globally submitted patches.
We are very excited to announce the travel destinations for 'Mini' blanket #1 to be....
March - April
New York (Wall St)
Stay Tuned for Updates!
'Mini' Blanket # 2
Introducing the 2nd 'Mini' blanket. This blanket will take a tour of New Zealand and Australia(while the 1st circumferences the globe).
The Blanket is currently display in the window of the Animal Op Shop (next to the Freedom Shop) in Newtown, Wellington, NZ.
The blanket will stay here till after the Newtown Street Festival,when it then will spend time being displayed in shop windows around Australia and New Zealand.
We are still looking for contacts and groups in the rest of New Zealand to help with it's tour, if you would like to help or know anyone who could then please get in contact.
We Need You!
If you would like to be involved in the blankets travels or to collaborate with us by holding a workshop where you live with one of the blankets, then we would love to hear from you.