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A Little Piece of Mind

A Patchwork Quilt Charity Project for Shelter and The Bowery Mission pulls together the work of 87 artists and designers.

A Little Piece of Mind curated by Marque Creative, pulls together the minds of 86 creatives in the form of 6" squares of fabric and gives them to Julie Floersch to realise into a patchwork quilt. The charity project's purpose is to raise money for Shelter (UK) and The Bowery Mission (NY) with an auction on 7th April 2009, followed by a public exhibition where the quilt will be touring London, Glasgow and New York. 

Artist Julie Floersch who put together the quilt talks about the process of the quilt's formation- "Incorporating all the different colors and images into one piece was like solving a Rubik's cube, I began by organising colour combinations surrounding certain squares that could not be interrupted. The unending repetition that I create in my patterns allows each little world to interact with another creating all sorts of different colour combinations and experiences. The denim and the Liberty [fabrics] run throughout the entire quilt, acting as a mediator where the worlds intersect, giving the feeling of various colors of spilled paint running together.  One day you look at the quilt, and certain things pop out at you and attract you, and the next time you look at it something new will spark your interest depending on your mood."

Dazed Digital ask some of the designers and artists involved in the project "What they contributed to the quilt and why?"

Bettina von Kameke
"'Garden-gnome Rudi' I've chosen this one because I would like to make people smile."

Boudicca (Zowie & Brian)
"A pure section of white, on invisibly printed cotton, that changes to a beautiful blue floral print, only when sprayed with WODE: Paint. It is our responsibility, it is what we are accountable for, and regardless of how long it takes to change things, we do not have the right to forget."

Daisy de Villeneuve
"I contributed a drawing of a face that was a laser copy, in the design you can see that it was originally from a piece of fabric that I made years ago in print making class for my A-levels, but I had never used it. I wanted to have an element of fabric in the piece for the patchwork."

Fred Butler
'A 3-Dimensional patchwork made of 16 tiny squares that are joined by flaps. It is a black satin base with multicolour and iridescent painted sections. Its a cheery fun thing, like all my work. I walk past the same homeless man every morning on route to my studio. It depresses the hell out of me. I can't believe he gets through each winter night, living open to the elements. That's just London, New York has a much harsher climate (where the Bowery mission is based).  f I can put positive energy into making something for this project, hopefully it will transmit that vibe out to the greater unconscious. (I sound like a hippy here but heh, patchwork blankets are quite hippy so please let me off!)

Giles Deacon
"A black/silver jacquard camouflage design from the spring/summer 2009 collection. I thought it would add a bit of sparkle to the quilt."

Hussein Chalayan
'"I contributed a selection of printed fabric.
My reason for participating in the project was based on the feeling that all of us working in the creative industries live charmed lives. ALPOM gave me the opportunity to offer support to a worthy project attracting attention to a problem that is not glamorous or sexy. I was especially shocked to read recently that the number of homeless women and children in the UK has risen 80% in the last five years, in a developed society in the 21sr century this is totally unacceptable. All of us working in the creative industries live charmed lives."

Jonathan Ellery
"The patch I supplied for a Little Piece of Mind was a swatch cut from one of the limited edition The Black Heart of Bermondsey t-shirts that were commissioned by the museum to celebrate our piece.
Last year, my design studio Browns was invited to help launch The Graphic Design Museum in Breda/Holland. We decided to do a performance piece entitled The Black heart of Bermondsey. We built a fictitious East London boozer with myself being the down trodden landlord and Nick Jones became my lovely misses. We served beer to the crowds of people as well as Queen Beartrice of Holland, who popped in for a sherry."

Rupert Sanderson
'I contributed an interesting swatch of leather from the archive in my factory. It combines photography and leather-making – two of my passions. With regards to the whole Little Piece of Mind project, I think quilting is a highly emotive way of bringing attention to the plight of disadvantaged and marginalized people.  It reminded me of a wonderful exhibition at the Whitney Museum in 2003 of quilts made in Gee’s bend  - a tiny black community in Alabam, who’s women have taken quilting to an art form that can now command the attention of the fine art world."

Christian Bradley West
"I contributed a piece of fabric with a set of divers on it. In my current series of paintings I am exploring the concepts of fear and freedom from fear. I felt it was a good statement for the quilt. There are a lot of changes in the world and there is a lot of fear. Whatever it is that we confront we need to do so consciously and bravely. And as things change I think that there is a call for community and unity for any cause whether it be for helping those that are homeless, to standing up for basic human rights. I contributed to the quilt because I thought it was a great idea and supported a great cause. And what better way to talk about unity and community that with a quilt. Many parts to make up a whole."

'A patch work of emerald green chiffon with sapphire blue and silver flower detail bead work, adding texture and 3D interest to the patch with vibrant uplifting colours."

Richard Nicoll
"I contributed a piece of my SS lurex jacquard fabric because it's pretty and for a great project."

The exhibition runs from 10 - 15 April 2009 at Londonnewcastle Project Space, 28 Redchurch Street, E2 7DP