Here are some questions and suggestions to get you started. You can use them on your own or develop them into a group activity.
Here is a short guided meditation you could use to get you started, taking you through the questions below. As well as following the links on this website, you can also print key guidance about making textile panels for the project and some suggestions for different kinds of workshops . We also plan to offer some online events soon and facilitators for workshops once lockdown restrictions are lifted.
What or who do you love that is in danger from environmental breakdown?
This could be a person in danger from drought, famine, flooding or other extreme weather. It could be a whole community.
Or it could be a place threatened by flooding, drought, wildfires or erosion
It could be one of the million species threatened with extinction.
More information about some of these dangers are here.
- How do you contribute to the threat and what can you do about it?
You’ll need to think about this. There are steps we can and should do as individuals, but these alone are not enough.
Research may be your first action : you could start here.
You could reflect on possible actions mindfully or prayerfully as you make your panel . Talking to other people might also be helpful.
- What is the tiniest thing that you could do that would make a difference? What is the most radical thing that you could do?
Jot down some of your thoughts so you don’t forget. You can add to them later. It may be helful to reflect on this further as you make a quick drawing, painting or collage to illustrate it. Or if you prefer you could use words to explore the issues and your feelings about them.
If you’d like to make a textile panel , you are now ready to design this. You can make as many panels as you like ! If you prefer, you could make one to mourn the passing of a species or the destruction of a place instead.
Don’t forget to tell other people about what you’ve done. You might inspire them to join in, celebrating what we love and making changes for love’s sake.