In this guest post -- the first in a series of reflections an the needle, the body, the cloth and political activism -- Andrea Liu traces & reflects on the story of the coat her great uncle Liu Zhuanghuan, an accused counter-revolutionary, wore in a Chinese forced labour camp in the 1950s. A powerful story and a compelling example of textiles as "public ambassadors for the politically oppressed and voiceless".
In this German log post, Berit Bliesemann de Guevara reflects on her use of conflict textiles in teaching and suggests ways how arts- and crafts-based methods can be used in teaching peace and conflict studies and international politics.
‘International Relations’ is a broad term which encompasses a range of different issues (e.g. war and peace, climate change, security) which are approached from equally diverse perspectives. In this post, Lydia Cole explores a recent experience of teaching international politics to high school students using a range of conflict textiles.
Stitched Voices podcast no. 4 is here! Listen to the last of Liv Williams' insightful pieces on the power of conflict textiles.
Today, Eileen Harrisson continues her journey into the conflict and the world of arpilleras. Learn more about Continuum, her art work which was exhibited as part of Stitched Voices Aberystwyth, and about the family history and experiences that have found their way into her work.
What value do conflict textiles have for those who created them? And in what ways has the process of the Stitched Voices exhibition itself been valuable? Read our discussion of these questions here.
The third episode of Liv Williams' Stitched Voices podcast is here, featuring Stitched Voices team member Christine Andra and artist Eileen Harrisson - enjoy listening!
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.
Happy New year, dear Stitched Voices blog followers and friends! We have some more interesting and varied blog posts lined up for you, to make 2018 another year of explorations into the world of conflict textiles. We start with the relaunch of the first part of artist Eileen Harrisson's reflections on her personal "Journey into Conflict and the World of Arpilleras". Enjoy reading!
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.