Saturday, 30 September 2023

Textile Details

'Life with and without Bees', by Janet Wilkinson. (Photo: Janet Wilkinson)
'Life with and without Bees', by Janet Wilkinson. (Photo: Janet Wilkinson)


Title of Textile:Life with and without Bees
Maker: Janet Wilkinson
Country of Origin: England
Year Produced: 2014
Size (cm): 43cm (w) X 57cm (l)
Materials: Handstitched on recycled and donated fabrics
Type of Textile: Arpillera

The declining bee population, both nationally and globally, under threat from disappearing green spaces, intensive farming practices, disease and over use of pesticides, prompted Janet to create this arpillera.

Here, Janet, using images from her immediate environment comments: “The left hand side is present day with active bees and the right hand side is a possible future as the bee population declines.” As bees pollinate three-quarters of the world's most important crops their absence means - no fruit, vegetables, flowers, wildlife and less food.

She urges people to take actions to prevent this doomsday scenario, ranging from planting flowers, campaigning against pesticides to keeping bees.

Owner: Conflict Textiles collection
Location: c/o Grace McAlister, Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre, Limavady, Northern Ireland
Original / Replica: Original
Photographer: Janet Wilkinson
Provenance: Donation from Janet Wilkinson.

Textile exhibited at: Women 31 , 7/03/2014 - 15/04/2014
Arpillera Voices and Echoes , 6/10/2016 - 14/11/2016
Arpilleras viajeras: Chilenas y de otras latitudes, 16/11/2016 - 12/12/2016
Arpilleras Speak Truth, 25/09/2017 - 28/10/2017
Latin American Village, 16/02/2018 - 16/02/2018
Development Education in the Continuum of Teacher Education , 6/02/2019 - 6/02/2019
From Home to Here: Stories of Languages Old and New, 5/11/2019 - 20/12/2019
Poesie des Nähens / The Poetry of Stitching, 17/01/2020 - 8/03/2020
Conflict, Peace: Our journey, our future, 14/09/2020 - 31/10/2020
Climate Change – The People’s Story, 9/07/2022 - 18/12/2022
Threads and Stitches of our Changing Landscape, 28/06/2023 - 21/10/2023

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