Friday, 19 July 2024

Textile Details

'From far away come their stories', by Deborah Stockdale. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)
'From far away come their stories', by Deborah Stockdale. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)


Title of Textile:From Far away come their stories
Maker: Deborah Stockdale
Country of Origin: Republic of Ireland
Year Produced: 2010
Size (cm): 49cm (w) x 41cm (l)
Materials: Scraps of material hand sewn onto burlap
Type of Textile: Arpillera

This arpillera epitomises the layers of journeys undertaken by arpilleras and arpilleristas, from their humble origins in Chile, to far flung corners of the earth. It was made for the 2010 Chilean Embassy exhibition in Berlin, "Arpilleras from yesterday and today", in response to the theme of ambassadorial arpilleras.

Reflecting on her own journey of creating this piece Deborah comments: "The design developed as I thought of the long path that the traditional arpilleras from Chile and other countries have travelled to reach us in Western Europe. The stories that these arpilleras told about repressive conditions … were often challenging.”

For Deborah, it was also important to depict the more philosophical journey of arpilleras which has “enabled many people to connect on a human level …to other people … in perhaps far differing and challenging circumstances, but emphasising the human conditions we all live in."

Owner: Conflict Textiles collection
Location: c/o Karen Logan, Senior curator, Ulster Museum, Belfast
Original / Replica: Original
Photographer: Martin Melaugh
Provenance: Donation from Deborah Stockdale.

Textile exhibited at: 'Arpilleras Aus Chile' -Eine Retrospektive, 6/05/2010 - 28/05/2010
Stitching Resistance, 12/10/2010 - 16/01/2011
Arpilleras and the Poetry of Survival, 10/05/2011 - 9/06/2011
Arpilleras Poéticas y recital del poeta chileno Jaime Huenún, 10/11/2012 - 15/12/2012
RETAZOS TESTIMONIALES: arpilleras de Chile y otras latitudes, 28/09/2013 - 10/11/2013
Arpillera Journeys, 6/03/2015 - 12/06/2015
Rebelles exhibiton, as part of the FITE 2016 , 21/06/2016 - 31/12/2016
Rebeldes / Rebels -FITE Festival (Festival Internacional de Textiles Extra Ordinario), 7/12/2017 - 31/03/2018
From Home to Here: Stories of Languages Old and New, 5/11/2019 - 20/12/2019
Making an arpillera doll from shirt factory fabric scraps, 16/09/2021 - 16/09/2021
Derry Dolls: Present to Past, 9/11/2021 - 26/04/2022
Waking the Land, 11/07/2023 - 11/07/2023
Threads of Empowerment: Conflict Textiles’ International Journey, 21/06/2024 - 27/04/2025

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