Event Details

Women engrossed in finishing off the Alphabet Quilt.  (Photo: Deborah Stockdale)

Women engrossed in finishing off the Alphabet Quilt. (Photo: Deborah Stockdale)


Exhibition:The Alphabet Quilt
Description: Working together over a six month period, a group of women from five countries and the Irish Travellers' Community created The Alphabet Quilt. Using hand-woven Irish tweed and a rainbow selection of coloured cotton batiks (representing the multi-cultural backgrounds within the group), they identified words for each letter of the alphabet, and illustrated them using a variety of textile techniques. The themes reflected were quite wide ranging.

This exhibition was part of a continuous series of arpillera and quilt exhibitions hosted by the Verbal Arts Centre in Derry and curated by Roberta Bacic, from 2008 to 2013. Each exhibition, comprised of a piece or pieces created by community groups from different parts of the island, other countries, or individual women, was displayed for a number of weeks before being replaced with a new exhibition.
Commissioned by: Verbal Arts Centre, and curator
Date(s): 16th June 2011 - 31st August 2011
Venue: Verbal Arts Centre, Derry / Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Stable Lane and Mall Wall, Bishop Street Within, Derry/Londonderry, BT48 6PU, Northern Ireland
Curator: Roberta Bacic
Facilitator: Verbal Arts Centre staff
Outcome: The process of making this quilt led to a sharing of views between women from various ethnic minorities. Exhibiting it in the Verbal Arts Centre enables a continuing of this conversation and related themes, within a broader context.

Documents: • Exhibition notice - June 11 - view

Textiles Displayed:The Alphabet Quilt