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The ‘Teal Quilt Project’: Understanding a community participatory textile making project as a site of research

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The ‘Teal Quilt Project’ (TQP) offers an opportunity to understand participatory textile making activity as a site of research. It also provides insights into how research projects are instigated, sometimes because of unexpected opportunities that arise out of unanticipated circumstances, experiences or bodies of work. In this article, I will present the course of the TQP itself, how the related research was simultaneously constructed, some of our initial findings and plans for future research.

Keywords: Teal Quilt Project; art and health; community engagement; healing; participatory artmaking; quilts; sexual abuse; wellbeing

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 0000000121501785Michigan State University

Publication date: December 1, 2020

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  • The Journal of Arts and Communities seeks to provide a critical examination of the practices known as community or participatory arts, encompassing a field of work defined for this purpose as incorporating active creative ollaboration between artists and people in a range of communities.The journal will take a cross-artform and interdisciplinary approach,including work happening in performance, visual arts and media,writing, multimedia and collaboration involving digital technology and associated forms. In part this will create an archive that will document work which can otherwise be ephemeral
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