This exploratory project uses quilting as a metaphor and a means of reflecting on and reimagining the social fabric of care in society.
Through a process of critical making, an interactive exhibition and quilting workshops, an inquiry is undertaken into the social structures guiding our care systems. This project builds a “care pattern library” that materializes social structures into quilted patterns to cultivate collective consciousness regarding our evolving social fabric. It makes visible unjust patterns of domination that “sneak in through the backdoor”, reproducing oppression in mundane, everyday caring relations. Furthermore, this project encourages an intentional enactment of social structures that work toward liberatory aims by bringing forth a broad spectrum of patterns from communities that are resisting domination in their care configurations. Through a collective quilting process, a dialogue emerges about how a multiplicity of liberatory care patterns can respectfully co-exist within a dynamic social fabric.
Keywords: care patterns, social fabric, social structures, pattern library, critical making, materializing relations, oppression, liberation