Monday, 6 February 2023

Textile Details

'A selection of five Peace Ribbons' by women in Wales and USA. (Photo: Lydia Cole)
'A selection of five Peace Ribbons' by women in Wales and USA. (Photo: Lydia Cole)


Title of Textile:The Peace Ribbon: A selection of five pieces
Maker: A variety of women from Wales and USA
Country of Origin: Wales
Year Produced: 1985
Size (cm): Each of the 5 pieces is 90cm (w) x 45cm (l)
Materials: Embroidery thread on cotton, paint on cotton, cotton with applique work
Type of Textile: Peace Ribbon

'The Peace Ribbon’ project was initiated by Justine Merritt who envisioned it ‘as segments of fabric sewn together, with each segment being a symbol of what we cannot bear to think of as lost forever in nuclear war’. The Ribbon was originally created to be tied around the Pentagon in August of 1985 on the anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Beginning with Merritt and a few supporters, the movement grew to involve thousands of supporters from the US and beyond, amassing tens of thousands of banners.

Thalia Campbell, who was then an activist in the group Women for Life of Earth based in Borth, brought 150 of these banners to the UK. The banners were used to advocate for international peace across the UK and were displayed in the Houses of Parliament, as well as Aberystwth’s King’s Hall.

In bringing these pieces back on display in Aberystwyth we hope to continue to echo the messages of peace and cooperation put forward in The Peace Ribbon.

The five chosen pieces are examples of the wide range of different styles, techniques, materials and ideas used in the peace ribbon:

-“I dream of giving birth,” Demi Berkey and Ann Park, Minneapolis, Minnesota

-“Fish,” Sharon Scramstad Merrell, Anchorage, Alaska

-“Flower children,” Freeman, Chino Valley, Arizona

-“They are precious,” Donna Strauss, Salem, Oregon

-“Life,” Jo Pate, Wales (replica of Alice Siegfried’s original piece made in New York)

Owner: Thalia and Ian Campbell collection
Location: c/o Berit Bliesemann de Guevara, Aberystwyth University, Wales
Original / Replica: Original
Photographer: Lydia Cole

Textile exhibited at: Stitched Voices / Lleisiau wedi eu Pwytho, 25/03/2017 - 13/05/2017
Stitched Voices - textila berättelse om politisk våld och motstånd , 29/08/2018 - 21/04/2019

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