A home for all is my submission for Loving Earth Project, an initiative which celebrates the people, places and creatures we love which are threatened by the environmental breakdown. The project invites people of all ages to creatively explore the following questions and illustrate them through a 30x30cm textile panel.
- Is there something, someone or somewhere that you know and love which is endangered by environmental break-down?
- How does your lifestyle contribute to that threat?
- What could you do, or are you doing, to help reduce that threat?
I used fabrics which I had at home to create a panel about hedgehogs in my neighbourhood.
I love all types of local wildlife but especially the Western European Hedgehog. I love their curiosity, sense of purpose and earthiness. I love their beady eyes and how they move about, wriggling, scuffling and rooting around in the grass and hedgerows.
Unfortunately modern Western-European lifestyles threaten hedgehog populations from many different angles. Changes in farming practices and urbanisation have shrunk their habitat, pesticide use has reduced their food sources and can also poison them directly, while busy roads, dogs and (most recently) electric lawnmowers pose a life-threatening risk for hedgehogs.
A home for all
The world should be a safe and supportive home for all forms of life. Like every creature, hedgehogs have an important role to play in local ecosystems and are seen as an indicator species for a healthy environment. When hedgehogs thrive and flourish, it is likely other species will do the same.
To support hedgehogs in my local area, I have set up a hedgehog home outside my apartment building and leave out food and water during dry summer weather. I have also engaged in conversations with garden management about protecting their habitat and hope to continue in the future.
If you would like to create your own textile panel, you can find lots of great resources including instructions and a guided meditation on the Loving Earth website.
Thanks for reading!