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    '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."

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





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