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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
    Location: Northern Ireland
    Original / Replica: Original
    Photographer: Irene MacWilliam

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