The Corona Quilt project is a community engagement initiative that was inspired by the quilting tradition that exists across the world. It began during the time of Covid to give people an outlet to express their personal pandemic experiences through the designing of a 'square'.
Quilting is a method of stitching layers of material together. The history of quilting can be traced back at least to medieval times. For this project, we have employed a modern take on quilting -- each patch is made up of unique materials ranging from repurposed fabric and gunny bags to tablecloths and paper collages. We encouraged interactive virtual square making sessions, to be mindful of, and to adapt to the restrictions posed by lockdown. These global submissions, each expressing an individual’s personal journey, are being printed on upcycled fabric and will be a part of the final presentation.
Today, the Corona Quilt project takes tangible form, as each of these squares comes together in a community art installation. Individual squares come together thematically to incorporate a larger message of hope, love and community that will manifest itself as five separate installations across Mumbai.
The Corona Quilt Project presents a diversity of experiences, celebrating the strength and the resilience of people. The squares explore themes of home, safety, nature, the environments in which we exist, and the pandemic, each made through unique forms of mixed media and materials.