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'The Side of the Wall', by Michele Connor. (Photo: Deborah Stockdale)
'The Side of the Wall', by Michele Connor. (Photo: Deborah Stockdale)


Title of Textile:The Side of the Wall
Maker: Michele Connor, Fab Femmes, Ballymoney
Country of Origin: Northern Ireland
Year Produced: 2013
Size (cm): 30cm x 50cm
Materials: A mixture of natural and man made fabrics on a natural fabric backing
Type of Textile: Arpillera

The balaclava covered face, framed by a gun is the stark image portrayed in this arpillera, half of which is bordered by the Union Jack flag and half by the Tri colour flag. “No Surrender” is used by the Unionist/Loyalist community in Northern Ireland to demonstrate their opposition to any change in the country’s position within the United Kingdom. The slogan was first used by Protestant defenders during the Siege of Derry in 1689.

“Tiocfaidh ár lá” is an Irish phrase which translates as "our day will come". It refers to the potential of a future united Ireland. Michelle reflects: “With the Troubles we just saw men in balaclavas. Sometimes it was hard to know which side was which. I'm glad there’s peace now.”

Owner: Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Museum Collection
Location: Roberta Bacic, Northern Ireland
Original / Replica: Original
Photographer: Deborah Stockdale

Textile exhibited at: Stitching and Unstitching The Troubles-phase 2, 13/04/2013 - 29/06/2013
Stitching and Unstitching The Troubles exhibition II, 6/12/2013 - 22/02/2014
Textile Accounts of Conflicts, 17/11/2014 - 18/11/2014
Textile Accounts of Conflicts, 6/02/2015 - 7/03/2015
Stitched Legacies of Conflicts , 7/10/2016 - 26/11/2016
Stitched Voices / Lleisiau wedi eu Pwytho, 25/03/2017 - 13/05/2017
Stitched Voices: Knowing conflict through textiles, 17/11/2017 - 20/12/2017

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