Wednesday, 21 February 2024

Textile Details

'Our Allotments, the Pride of New Barns', by Linda Adams. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)
'Our Allotments, the Pride of New Barns', by Linda Adams. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)


Title of Textile:Our Allotments, the Pride of New Barns
Maker: Linda Adams
Country of Origin: England
Year Produced: 2009
Size (cm): 80cm x 71cm
Materials: Scraps of recycled material and embroidery including plastic
Type of Textile: Arpillera

This arpillera, made for the Guinness Liverpool Irish Festival 2009, portrays the energy and sense of community cohesion within an urban allotment. Linda shares her motivation for creating this arpillera, made from clothes donated by a mother whose daughter had just left home to go to college: "This arpillera is my tribute to those who come together and turn parts of the concrete jungle into places where people can experience growing and harvesting healthy vegetables."

For her, being involved in an allotment has benefits for the individual and community on a number of levels: "Working on an allotment is a great way to make friends and share ideas. Everyone is welcome. We have many immigrant families in the area. When a shed is built everyone brings what they can and we have a party, which is a good chance to enjoy food from other countries."

A further benefit of this community space is the provision of a place of restfulness and escape from the noise and bustle of city life. Surely such spaces and projects, inducing harmony, community cohesion and improved quality of life, in a hands-on practical way, are a key ingredient in building sustainable peaceful communities.

Owner: Conflict Textiles collection
Location: Roberta Bacic, Northern Ireland
Original / Replica: Original
Photographer: Martin Melaugh
Provenance: Linda Adams

Textile exhibited at: Threads of Life: Quilts and arpilleras that speak out, 16/10/2009 - 1/11/2009
Cultural Stories in Textiles, 25/02/2010 - 27/02/2010
Arpilleras: Voices on Tapestries, 8/03/2010 - 31/03/2010
Arpilleras: Embajadoras para el Bicentenario Quilts/Arpilleras: Ambassadors for the B, 14/04/2010 - 20/05/2010
Exhibit of Chilean Arpilleras, 20/05/2010 - 22/05/2010
The Politics of the Mundane in Chilean and Other Arpilleras, 27/08/2010 - 29/08/2010
Stitching Peace: An exhibition of Arpilleras and Quilts, 16/02/2011 - 18/03/2011
Stitching Peace: An exhibition of arpilleras and quilts, 17/05/2011 - 25/05/2011
The poetry of arpilleras, 31/05/2011 - 3/06/2011
Stitching and Unstitching The Troubles-phase 1, 5/09/2012 - 29/09/2012
Arpilleras: Verhalen over leven / Arpilleras: stories of life and survival, 23/09/2015 - 20/11/2015
ARPILLERAS: verhalen over leven ARPILLERAS: stories of life and survival, 16/01/2016 - 24/02/2016
Enduring Life: Arpillera Voices, 11/05/2016 - 15/07/2016
Conflict, Peace: Our journey, our future, 14/09/2020 - 31/10/2020
Threads and Stitches of our Changing Landscape, 28/06/2023 - 21/10/2023

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