Rag-rug style weaving created from strips of fabrics that hold special meaning to the participants, i.e. a favorite shirt, baby blanket, an article of clothing from a loved one.... In this installation the written description of the weavers' fabrics are incorporated into the color blocks below the weaving.
Students, teachers, staff are all a part of the school community and therefore a part of the community weaving. Older students and adults have the added opportunity to write a "secret message" on their fabric which becomes an invisible part of the finished piece. This picture is from Glendale Elementary in 2018 and was completed by over 450 weavers.
This kind of weaving can be meaningful in a variety of settings beyond schools including churches, non-profit organizations and family groups . It is a great exercise to explore the many concepts of community, diversity, collaboration, sharing, art, color, texture, and so much more.
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