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Fraying at the Margins. June 2021

Fraying at the Margins. June 2021

I’ve been quietly observing the responses to Melbourne’s fourth lockdown. And while many people will be unhappy at the constraints it has imposed and some of the additional challenges that accompany it, they will actually be fine after it is all over, if a little scratched around the edges.  I have also been observing the different levels of support that have been forthcoming for those who will be most severely affected. Some industries and some businesses will be very affected and others will weather it a little better. Yet for many at the margins, there is little or only tokenistic support. These are the souls that bear the brunt of locking down and of not locking down. Already at the margins, every new crisis pushes them a little further out, wears down their edges a little more. But they are not the ones making noise, protesting and crying foul. They are too weary for that; too busy just trying to survive – rendered invisible by louder voices, by outrage sustained by energy they don’t have. Yet it is critical that the margins are seen, valued and supported. A rich textile metaphor comes to mind. Fraying starts at the margins, but if the edges are not addressed, the fraying quietly moves towards the centre; slowly, quietly and relentlessly, until the integrity of the entire piece of cloth is lost. Is this the world we want to live in? If not, then what does repair look like?

Another idea for the sketch journal and translation into a textile work.