Stitching the Situation

When Covid-19 first emerged in our communities, Heather Schulte, the artist-creator of Stitching the Situation, sought a creative means to express the emotions that she and so many others were feeling. “I began Situation Report [Stitching the Situation’s precursor] because I needed to do something in response to the pandemic, to make a mark with my hands, to acknowledge the impact it was having on our world.” Since those initial first marks, the project has grown beyond Schulte’s own work, encompassing the contributions of neighbors and friends, and now including the handwork of participants across the nation. Schulte has created stitching kits containing all the material needed to stitch a block; each block represents one day’s worth of reported coronavirus cases and deaths in the U.S. The project has become a memorial, a vigil, and a space to heal as our communities, our nation, and the world continue to live through the individual and collective experiences of the pandemic.

“STITCHING THE SITUATION IS A DOCUMENTATION OF LIVES, NOT JUST DATA.”

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The Holter Museum of Art has partnered with Heather to introduce Stitching the Situation into the Helena community and the wider Montana community. Participants in the project can sign up online through Stitching the Situations’s website or come in to the Holter Museum of Arts’s gift store to pick up a stitching kit; kits will be available through the store starting in February. The cost of the kits are covered by grants and individual donations to the project. This spring, Heather will be joining the Holter for a virtual artist talk; date tbd.

“THE ACT OF STITCHING AND CREATING OFFERS QUIET, MEDITATIVE TIME TO GRIEVE.”

 

To access Stitching the Situations website and sign up for a kit to be sent to you at no cost, follow this link: https://www.stitchingthesituation.com/sign-up

For more information about the project and to find out how to further support Heather Schulte in her endeavor, follow this link: https://www.stitchingthesituation.com/

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All photos taken by BRAD HAYNES