Yes on the 15th February the community quilt will be displayed in People’s History Museum as part of the first National LGBT history Festival. I’m so pleased to be involved in the festival and I’m even more chuffed that the work will go on display in the place that it started.
I spent the majority of my Christmas holiday attached to my Mac and scanner uploading all the images that people had contributed and then working out how to construct the quilt into a 3 metre by 2.5 metre layout which could be fabric printed. I won’t get into the technical side of it but it was stressful and tiring but with the support of my patient partner, we got there in the end!
Once it was complete I sent the image off to the amazing digetex based in Trafford. They then printed everyone’s amazing contributions in five panels which will then be sewn together.
Here is a sneaky preview of the completed digital print of all the contributions.
The work is now with the talented Deborah Cunliffe of Source Unknown and being constructed together. Due to the sheer scale of the work and the lack of space in my tiny house I have had to use outside help to get the job done in time for the launch. She’s worth every penny! If you look at the team on the LGBT festival website you’ll notice I’m Coordinating the Sunday programme. Debbie is doing me a huge favour with this work because it means I can concentrate more on promoting the festival!
This means however, I don’t actually know what the final outcome of the quilt will be. Above is a plan of the final image. I’ve only actually unrolled that tiny bit of the quilt so I don't know what it will all look like either. I don’t actually have enough room in my place to fully unravel the panels to see them collectively. I’m very excited to be seeing it finished soon though!