Jeannie and I (No Mi) are making a 'Traveling Quilt of Dreams' with MPLUS! Mplus is an organization of self-identified gay, bisexual, lesbian and transgender individuals. They are one of two organizations in Thailand, the other is Rainbow Sky in Bangkok, that is working to promote sexual health and sex and gender freedoms.
We want to explore the relationship between these individuals memories and dreams. We will be composing a quilt of these personal depictions. The quilt will be two sided, a tree on each side. Each individual will be given two pieces of canvas in the shape of leaves, on which to paint one memory and one future dream.
Jeannie and I will sew the finished canvas leaves to the tree. The leaves will be sewn back-to-back creating a mirror image of each person’s memory and dream. Once the quilt is complete, it will be sent to various locations around the world to be suspended in spaces where people can observe it from both sides. This will be continually documented to maintain communication between Cultural Canvas, Mplus and the Quilt.
Mplus is an organization of self-identified, gay, lesbian, and transgender individuals. Although these people would classify themselves in this way, they maintain their individuality in how they experience these particular classifications. Beyond these similar identifications, the people at Mplus are all living within the society of Thailand. In Thailand, these individuals’ identities are handled differently than in other places in the world. We would like to emphasize individuality in this project as well as their undeniable connections. The tree (a brainstormed collaboration) is a symbol of Mplus as a whole. The leaves are a reflection of their inner memories and dreams.
Quilts are a timeless tradition that are associated with the world of sleeping and the stages of dreaming. The first stage being conscious contemplation and reflection upon ones day. The second stage is dreaming, a subconscious reflection of ourselves, and our inspiration. The third stage is waking, the birth of awareness. The traveling quilt will bring awareness of the community of Mplus to the people and places it travels to.
Today Mplus painted their dreams and memories onto canvas leaves...
and so the story of the quilt begins!