One Square Meter – an art for empowerment project
One Square Meter uses the art of wool working to tell the story of mobile pastoralists. It is a needle-felt sculpture which creatively demonstrates, in tangible form, the links between mobile pastoralism, biodiversity and culture.
It is comprised of a knitted carpet base into which 20 – 30 different species of sculpted felt plants are woven – a visual representation of the fact that in one square meter of land where mobile pastoralism occurs in some rangelands, you can find up to 40 different species of plants. Although the creative art piece is at the core of the project, in practice it is much more. Its strong foundations in research, science and self-determined community processes make it a useful tool for engaging decision makers. The creation process enables women wool-workers from different communities to exchange knowledge and learn from one another, and the final piece helps pastoral communities develop funds and support the livelihoods, particularly of women.
One Square Meter is a celebration of mobile pastoralism – a practice which is highly beneficial to nature and the climate, animals, human beings, societies and rural economies – and the people who maintain it.
So far, four communities in Spain, Turkey, Chile and Lebanon have developed their One Square Meters – read about those below… At DiversEarth we can’t wait for further exchanges and new friendships – our next community in Nepal is waiting… In the meantime, we thank everyone who has been involved so far and give a special shout out to Almudena from DehesaLana without whom this wouldn’t have been possible.