The Arts Society Basingstoke is supporting four junior schools to create patchwork quilts on the theme of climate unity.

This project is led by Winchester textile artist Vanessa Rolf. She is leading the discussion about the value of our world and its resources and the schools are creating their own unique artwork on this theme.

Patchwork quilting repurposes cloth, giving it a second life and often increasing its perceived value, due to the time and care invested in it. Each school has chosen their own topic:

  1. St Bedes – Deforestation
  2. Parkview - Ocean Pollution
  3. Winklebury - Tundra/Arctic
  4. Oakridge – Forest Fires

Each child will create a 20cm square, which will be sewn together by members of the Arts Society on a communal sewing day on 11 July 2022.

The project will culminate in an exhibition at the Willis Museum from 23 July – 7 August 2022. The exhibition will take the message to the wider public and parents and show the power of art and what can be achieved when schools work together.

Vanessa is a Hampshire based artist with almost twenty-year experience working with children, young people and community groups to share skills and generate creative art works. She is a graduate and honorary fellow of the Royal College of Art and an exhibiting member of the 62 Group of Textile. Her projects in schools can be seen on her website: Projects — vanessa rolf

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