Wednesday, 8 February 2023

Textile Details

'Walking to Death', by Helen Heron. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)
'Walking to Death', by Helen Heron. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)


Title of Textile:Walking to Death
Maker: Helen Heron
Country of Origin: Northern Ireland
Year Produced: 2003
Size (cm): 87cm x 57cm
Materials: A variety of natural and synthetic fabrics
Type of Textile: Quilt

Helen Heron from Ireland works in many forms of textile art. She became interested in the history of the Irish involvement in the First World War, and the way the newly independent state ignored the involvement of Irish people in that war for many years, and the number of families who lost relatives and friends.

She was also struck by the role of the war poets who recorded their experiences at the Front. If they had not enlisted as serving soldiers, they would not have had access to the forward positions. The same situation pertained to the war reporters. She made this piece, originally entitled 'Soldiers', inspired by a poem of F.S.Flint, in January 2003 for the exhibition 'Hanging on every word', in Bangor, Co Down. The poem was written when Flint saw a friend marching towards the Front. He could not warn him of what was about to happen to the soldiers because the order was 'silence'.

Owner: Helen Heron collection (deceased, December 2019)
Location: Northern Ireland
Original / Replica: Original
Photographer: Martin Melaugh

Textile exhibited at: The Human Cost of War, 8/11/2009 - 21/11/2009
The Human Cost of War - An Exhibition of Quilts and Arpilleras, 4/11/2010 - 15/01/2011
Nonviolence in Action: Antimilitarism in the 21st Century, 24/03/2021 - 31/12/2021

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