pen, thread and cloth combined transform into a language that surpasses words." Read the powerful last part of the blog series by Andrea Liu here...
In this guest post, Andrea Liu presents the second part of her reflections on embroidery as a form of mending during and after war and political violence. Read more...
In this guest post, Andrea Liu explores militarised violence and civilian resistance in the contexts of the dictatorships in Argentina and Chile in the 1970s and 80s. Another powerful read. See more here...
In part 5 of her guest post "The Needle as the Pen", Andrea Liu reflects on how textiles were used in Chile and Argentina to denounce political violations by dictatorial regimes.
In this post, Lydia Cole suggests conflict textiles as a promising site to learn (and unlearn) our ways of knowing sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV).
In this post we reflect on conflict textiles’ status as art, as well as on their potential, indeed their force, in pressing for (international) justice. As to the former question, we point out how conflict textiles complicate the very category of “art” – how they straddle divides between art, craft and activism, and how the medium of textile and the practice of needlework continue to be associated with femininity, domesticity and “mere” decorative purposes. With regard to the latter point, we describe the role that conflict textiles can play in trials and truth and reconciliation commissions, yet we also argue that their greatest value lies in the powerful work they do outside such formal justice processes.
In today's guest post by Lorna Dillon, we learn more about the history of arpilleras in Chile and beyond, which role they played and still play in denouncing human rights violations, and in the power of the seed of sewn solidarity.
In this guest post, Tomoko Sakai reflects on the "Stitching Memoryscapes" exhibition that she organised in three cities in Japan in 2017: Tokyo, Kyoto, and Nagasaki. Read about textile explorations of war, the A-bomb, and natural and nuclear disaster in Japan and their dialogue with conflict textiles from Chile and around the world.
The second episode of Liv Williams' Stitched Voices podcast is here. Enjoy listening!
Read about the interweaving of life trajectories, arpilleras, political activism, Chilean democratisation, and academia in this insightful guest post by Lucy Taylor.