The Brooklyn Neighborhood Quilting Project began in 2009 as an effort to meet my neighbors. I collected contributions of old clothing and fabric from 29 neighbors, which I used to create a series of small non-traditional patchwork quilts. Some of the quilts were made collaboratively at sewing gatherings held around Brooklyn. The project investigates contemporary material culture and the extent to which recycled fabric embodies memory and value.
In the fall of 2012, I will return to the house of neighbor who initially contibuted fabric and give them one of the quilts completed as part of this project. They will also receive a copy of the BNQP book, which includes the stories of all the contributions and a description of the project.
In the winter of 2012, I displayed all of the quilts (finished at that point) along with the stories and maps at Southeast Grind, a coffee shop in the Brooklyn neighborhood. My intention was to share this project with others who lived in the neighborhood.