Textile Details

'Soldiers back from the wars - Arpillera trilogy' by Linda Adams. (Photo: Deborah Stockdale)
'Soldiers back from the wars - Arpillera trilogy' by Linda Adams. (Photo: Deborah Stockdale)

 

Title of Textile:Soldiers back from the wars - Arpillera trilogy
Maker: Linda Adams
Country of Origin: England
Year Produced: 2010
Size (cm): 116cm (w) x 99 (l)
Materials: Scraps of materials hand sewn onto burlap
Type of Textile: Arpillera
Description:

In order to make this trilogy of arpilleras, Linda interviewed local men who had survived war. Attack, Return and Ghost is her understanding of the personal cost of war to them and the horrors of its aftermath for ex-soldiers. Although focused on her local area, these images have resonance in many post conflict zones today. As Linda states: “… these pieces… tell the story of the hopelessness faced by those coming home from any war. [The stories] always follow the same pattern.”

The text stitched at the bottom of the arpillera Return is a chilling reminder of the futility of war and the cost in human terms: “For the veterans and their loved ones, the war was only the start of the nightmare.”

Owner: Conflict Textiles collection
Location: c/o Vesna Terselic, Director Documenta, Rijeka, Croatia
Original / Replica: Original
Photographer: Deborah Stockdale



Textile exhibited at: The Human Cost of War - An Exhibition of Quilts and Arpilleras, 4/11/2010 - 15/01/2011
ÜberlebensKunst - Konfliktbearbeitung durch textile Bilder, 12/07/2012 - 26/08/2012
RETAZOS TESTIMONIALES: arpilleras de Chile y otras latitudes, 28/09/2013 - 10/11/2013
SMALL Actions BIG Movements, 1/07/2014 - 11/07/2014
COSIENDO PAZ: Conflicto, Arpilleras, Memoria , 26/03/2015 - 30/09/2015
COSIENDO PAZ: Conflicto, Arpilleras, Memoria, 8/10/2015 - 4/04/2016
COSIENDO PAZ: Conflicto, Arpilleras, Memoria STITCHING PEACE: Conflict, Arpilleras, M, 13/04/2016 - 12/06/2016
Stitching Memoryscape 「記憶風景を縫う」, 30/05/2017 - 12/06/2017
Stitching Memoryscape 「記憶風景を縫う」, 1/07/2017 - 9/07/2017
Stitching Memoryscape 「記憶風景を縫う」, 29/08/2017 - 3/09/2017
Tkanine otpora: glasovi žena / Textiles of Resistance: Women's Voices , 14/09/2019 - 30/09/2019



Textile Detail Image(s)

  English Arpillera: Soldiers back from the wars (ghost). (Photo: Tony Boyle)  English Arpillera: Soldiers back from the wars (return). (Photo: Tony Boyle)  English Arpillera: Soldiers back from the wars (attack). (Photo: Tony Boyle)  'Soldiers back from the wars' by Linda Adams. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)