Fabric of Life

The Fabric of Life community art project was a part of the Kickstart Arts Happiness Project, a three year project involving artists, health and community workers and educators working in collaboration with community members to make beautiful films about what true happiness means to them. Fabric of Life is a large multi-piece fabric collage made from the discarded and donated clothing of community members throughout Tasmania. The fabric artworks contain handwritten stories and anecdotes of the individuals involved, which were digitised to create an interpretive touch screen display. Over 160 individual participants contributed to the making of Fabric of Life, ranging in age and ability from prep students to elderly nursing home residents. Each of the 35 fabric collage panels fit neatly into the triangle framework of the geodesic dome Happiness Pod, a portable solar powered cinema and workshop space designed to travel to remote, disadvantaged and isolated communities. To date the Happiness Pod and the Happiness Maintenance Crew have travelled to AgFest, Oatlands, Franklin, Glenorchy, Salamanca Lawns and Glenorchy Works Festival.

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