"One fast moving response to the Covid-19 crisis has been Danielle Vaughan's Pandemic Pullover Project 2020. This is a collaborative work for which the artist has passed woollen jumpers around her community, inviting them to stitch messages into the wool. The resulting expressions of hope and despair, often in contradiction with each other, are the threads which run through these wearable canvases, offering human warmth, even in the midst of a Winter lockdown."
- Mark Sheerin, Art Writer.
In March 2020 Covid-19 struck resulting in our first experience of 'lockdown', social activities and gatherings stopped with the exception of one walk a day. I invited my neighbours to express how they felt and record these unprecedented times, in stitch, on colourful jumpers, rotating to friends of friends extending the social inclusion. I used my daily walk to collect and deliver jumpers and recorded the doorstep conversations of each participant. This project will end when we exit the Covid tunnel.
TOM HANGING OUT THE WASHING -
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Tom and the green jumper doorstep chat happening.
Angie and the purple jumper doorstep chat happening.
Annie and the red hoodie doorstep chat happening.
Karen and the purple jumper doorstep chat happening.
Gavin reminding us of the original purpose of jumpers! Green doorstep chat happening.
Helen and the orange tunic doorstep chat happening.
Lorraine and the turquoise jumper doorstep chat happening.
Morrigan and the yellow jumper doorstep chat happening
Alison and the blue jumper ddorstep chat happening.
Tim on his doorstep. (photo taken by his family as he is shielding)
Orange tunic worked on by four people so far. It was a lovely surprise to get a poem on the front of this tunic.
Where the two purple sleeves meet. This image composed by two separate participants about sums up coping with Covid .
Front of the navy cardigan during the extra lockdown that Oadby & Wigston have not yet come out of since March 2020..
Detail of stitched neckline from mid 2020 encouraging us all to 'Eat Out to Help Out.' While the word HOAX was also seen.
Detail of the red hoodie with Annie in her apron.
This was the first jumper that started the project with the rainbows in windows indicating colour choice and limiting number.
Many people commented on how lovely to hear and see more of nature whilst out on our walks.