Topic: The story of the 2020 lockdown quilt

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In May 2020, Tasman District Libraries invited people of all ages from across Te Tau Ihu, The Top of The South, to stitch a word or image relating to their experience of Covid-19 Level 4 Lockdown to a piece of fabric. These embroidered panels were then pieced together by textile artist Christine McGuigan into a quilt. The quilt forms a patchwork of our communal experience of an extraordinary time.

The quilt involved creating something separately, together, in the same way that Lockdown was a communal effort that was completed separately, but together, for a common purpose.  

To celebrate the one year anniversary of Level 4 Lockdown, the quilt is being launched at Richmond Library at 5.30pm on Friday 26 March where it will be available to view. It will hang on the Gallery Wall at Richmond Library, from Friday 26 March until Thursday 29 April. It will then be exhibited at various venues across Te Tau Ihu, The Top of The South: Motueka Library throughout May, Takaka Library throughout June, and Murchison Library throughout July. It will subsequently travel throughout other areas in the district and be displayed in some of the locations from which contributions to the quilt were received.

Pictures of the quilt and the stories that go with the squares will be available here after the launch.


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