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    '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: Roberta Bacic, Northern Ireland
    Original / Replica: Original
    Photographer: Deborah Stockdale

    Textile exhibited at: Stitching and Unstitching The Troubles-phase 2, 13/04/2013 - 29/06/2013
    Stitching and Unstitching The Troubles exhibition 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

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