The GladRags Project was launched by local artist Diana Burch in partnership with Haslemere Museum.
The idea of this project was to invite people who live in the community to make patchwork squares to record the coronavirus pandemic. Surrey Choices staff member Helen Stanley has been helping some of the people she supports to virtually take part in this community project.
Using recycled fabric, offcuts, yarns and thread Helen and the people she supports began to create patchwork squares through sewing sessions via Zoom. The squares would capture what has made them feel glad during the pandemic.
Over the last few months the squares were put together to create a large piece of artwork that will be shown inside Haslemere Museum. In the last session Helen asked the people she supports how contributing to the project made them feel, they said:
“We liked taking part in this project, making all the squares made me happy and proud“
The benefits of this project come in a variety of ways. Not only does this project encourage community inclusion but it can have a positive impact on your health and wellbeing. Reminding yourself of all the things that make you feel happy and glad during a pandemic is positive thinking and good practice.
To learn more about the patchwork squares, or to see more artwork follow the link to West Horsley Place here.
Well done to everyone involved!
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