Tuesday, 29 November 2022

Textile Details

'Shared visions', by Belfast women's groups, facilitated by Sonia Copeland. (Photo: Christopher Keenan)
'Shared visions', by Belfast women's groups, facilitated by Sonia Copeland. (Photo: Christopher Keenan)

 

Title of Textile:Shared visions
Maker: Belfast women's groups facilitated by Sonia Copeland
Country of Origin: Northern Ireland
Year Produced: 2008
Size (cm): 200cm x 203cm
Materials: Scraps of material hand and machine sewn onto backing material
Type of Textile: Quilt
Description:

This quilt, the handcrafting of Loyalist, Nationalist, Republican and Unionist women, demonstrates a tentative coming together to express a vision for a new inclusive society in Northern Ireland.

Quaker House Belfast, which funded and co-ordinated the making of the quilt and to whom it was donated on completion, urge us to absorb the messages of this quilt through viewing it with our senses: "It has been said; 'Listen till ye hear.' As you stand before this quilt today let me suggest to you that 'You look till ye see'."

As women from four Belfast based women's groups, drawn from diverse communities gathered to stitch, and at times unstitch this piece together, they created a space for peace-weaving/stitching. "Our women shared spaces together, meals together and conversations as each one explored their own vision for a shared future."

This quilt is also documented in Accounts of the Conflict a digital archive of personal accounts of the conflict in and about Northern Ireland, located at the International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE), Ulster University. A total of 10 textiles from the Conflict Textiles collection are included in “Accounts of the Conflict”.

Owner: Quaker Connections
Location: Lisburn, Northern Ireland
Original / Replica: Original
Photographer: Christopher Keenan





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