Tactile Histories Exhibition @ The Museum of Childhood

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Visitors were actively encouraged to touch, smell, listen and interact with the quilt.

After some last minute minor adjustments the completed Tactile Histories Quilt went on display at The V&A Museum of Childhood generating much interest from those who came purposefully to see the final outcome of 12 weeks hard work by our Bethnal Green quilting group and those passing museum goers who couldn’t help but interact with and explore it.

And there was lots to explore; with fabric pockets hiding household smells , a plethora of different textures and an audio accompanyment via hand held speakers, telling the stories of the quilters in their own voices.

Young and old, experienced quilters and enthusiastic amateurs all enjoyed relating to the life histories told and techniques used to produce the quilt.

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Surprisingly compact considering its content! Here’s to phase 2 : Material Memory @ Islington Museum starting Feb 2015.

A huge thank you to our lovely quilters and The Museum of Childhood for hosting us.

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Last minute adjustments!

Author: Alex McEwan

Alex is an artist who specialises in inclusive and accessible community arts projects, such as Sense's TEXTtile and Quilt Tales.

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