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    'Life as we know it', by Deborah Stockdale. (Photo: Colin Peck)
    'Life as we know it', by Deborah Stockdale. (Photo: Colin Peck)


    Title of Textile:Life as We Know It
    Maker: Deborah Stockdale
    Country of Origin: Republic of Ireland
    Year Produced: 2009
    Size (cm): 55cm x 68cm
    Materials: digitally scanned drawings on cotton, overpainted, with embroidery and hand quilting
    Type of Textile: Arpillera

    This piece, with its strong references to quilt-making, absorbs the arpillera tradition of telling a story. Here, the cycle of a woman's life, from infancy to old age, is depicted. The maker uses the image of the spiral, recognized globally and through time as a symbol of continuation; to illustrate the ongoing pathway we all follow (women and men) from birth to death and the evolution that this entails physically and emotionally. Stockdale's imaginative use of textile painting, as well as quilting styles, makes this a rich and colorful development of the arpillera style.

    Owner: Deborah Stockdale collection
    Location: Deborah Stockdale, Donegal, Republic of Ireland
    Original / Replica: Original
    Photographer: Colin Peck

    Textile exhibited at: Women's Real Lives , 5/03/2009 - 28/03/2009
    Arpilleras that Cry Out, 22/06/2009 - 10/07/2009
    Textiles with a Story, 4/12/2009 - 4/12/2009
    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
    Textile Voices From Our City: 2013 & Story Textiles From Around The world , 3/08/2013 - 9/10/2013

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