Monday, 11 December 2023

Textile Details

'Justice for All', by Teresa McKendry. (Photo: Deborah Stockdale)
'Justice for All', by Teresa McKendry. (Photo: Deborah Stockdale)


Title of Textile:Justice for All
Maker: Teresa McKendry, Glenmona Resource Centre, Cushendall
Country of Origin: Northern Ireland
Year Produced: 2013
Size (cm): 30cm (w) x 50cm (l)
Materials: A mixture of natural and man made fabrics on a natural fabric backing
Type of Textile: Arpillera

Here Teresa, who participated in arpillera workshops facilitated by Deborah Stockdale, January - February 2013, depicts a female figure in strong, defiant pose holding the scales of justice in her right hand and brandishing a sword in her left hand. She appears to be blindfolded. Her clothes, both the fabric and cut, suggest she is from another era, giving her, and the issues she portrays, a sense of timelessness and universality.

The dual image of sword and scales also alludes to women’s inclusion in post conflict democracies, a role which globally, historically and currently is never a given. In 1996, the newly formed Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition (NIWC), cross community and cross party in nature was formed. Modeling a new inclusive approach to politics, it succeeded, in the face of much opposition, in getting elected to the multi-party talks that led to the Good Friday Agreement in 1998.

Owner: Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Museum Collection
Location: McClay Library, Queen's University, Belfast
Original / Replica: Original
Photographer: Deborah Stockdale
Provenance: Conflict Textile facilitated workshops, as part of "Stitching and Unstitching The Troubles" phase 1 & 2, 2012/2013.

Textile exhibited at: Stitching and Unstitching The Troubles-phase 2, 13/04/2013 - 29/06/2013
Stitching and Unstitching The Troubles II, 6/12/2013 - 22/02/2014
Enduring Life: Arpillera Voices, 11/05/2016 - 15/07/2016
Stitched Legacies of Conflicts , 7/10/2016 - 26/11/2016
The Troubles and Beyond, 6/10/2020 - 31/08/2021
The Art of the Banner, 9/02/2021 - 23/02/2021
How Transitional Justice Ideas Travel: Dealing with the Legacy of the Past in Norther, 10/02/2023 - 10/02/2023
The Good Friday Agreement: Work in Progress, 12/04/2023 - 16/04/2023
ARK / Conflict Textiles , 1/06/2023 - 30/01/2024

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