"[W]hen I explained the story of this arpillera to my tour groups, they often stood quietly for much longer taking in everything it had to say." Read Danielle Young's reflections on the powerful conflict textile "Digital Death" and the effects it had on exhibition visitors.
This week, we continue our discussion of whether Conflict Textiles are arts, crafts or something else, and take a specific look at the reluctance of people inhabiting the "arts world" to take them seriously. Why so? And does it matter?
After sharing our experiences in organising and realising the Stitched Voices exhibition, we now turn to some deeper questions that arose in the process. One of those is whether Conflict Textiles are arts or craft or maybe something completely different, and whether it matters.
"[A]s someone who greatly appreciates written words, my favourite piece was a textile displayed at the Aberystwyth exhibition titled Hilvanando la busqueda, or in English 'Stitching the search'." In this guest post, Amal Abu-Bakare talks about her favourite exhibit and the experience of giving guided tours of Stitched Voiced. Read more here.
How do we know that Stitched Voices was by and large a "success", that it was somehow "good"? Success for whom, good in doing what, and who is allowed to judge this? Here are some thoughts and answers.
This week, we are launching the first episode of Liv Williams' Stitched Voices podcast. Enjoy listening!
Read about the interweaving of life trajectories, arpilleras, political activism, Chilean democratisation, and academia in this insightful guest post by Lucy Taylor.
After 18 months of intensive planning and a lot of talking, meeting, emailing, travelling and more talking, Stitched Voices was finally ready to be set up and launched, and the events programme kicked off. Read more here.
If we were to name one single aspect that made organising Stitched Voices a very special and rewarding experience, it would certainly be the many wonderful people we collaborated with. Meet some of them in this post.
Let's talk about Stitched Voices as a process. In this blog post we discuss the planning process, that is, how we came together as a team - broadly conceived - and how we decided what the contents of Stitched Voices should be.