Wednesday, 21 February 2024

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'Events of 1989', by Irene MacWilliam. (Photo: Irene MacWilliam)
'Events of 1989', by Irene MacWilliam. (Photo: Irene MacWilliam)


Title of Textile:Events of 1989
Maker: Irene MacWilliam
Country of Origin: Northern Ireland
Year Produced: 1989
Size (cm): 210cm x 135cm
Materials: cottons, polycottons, fabric paints, free machine writing
Type of Textile: Quilt

Since 1986 Irene has made an annual "Events of the Year" quilt. Each one consists of 20 panels depicting significant world events.The following events of 1989 are shown on this quilt:

San Francisco earthquake
Salmonella, Listeria and Botulism scares
President Bush inaugurated
Ivory trading made illegal
Student protests in China
Hillsborough, football stadium disaster
Russian troops leave Afghanistan
Robert Swan walks to North and South Poles
Australia's first fatal earthquake
Marchioness disaster
Fall of communist regimes
Oil pollution from Exxon Valdez
Belfast bound plane crashes
Concern over the "greenhouse effect"
Publication of "Satanic Verses" and death threats on Salmon Rushdie, publishers and booksellers
Voyager rocket launched in 1979 reaches Neptune
Opening of the Berlin Wall
Launch of Sky TV
Unleaded petrol now available in many garages

There are 27 Events of the Year Quilts in total, covering the years 1986-2012.

Owner: Irene MacWilliam collection
Location: Northern Ireland
Original / Replica: Original
Photographer: Irene MacWilliam
Provenance: Irene MacWilliam

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