The Needle as the Pen. Part 1: The Coat Speaks!

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".

Teaching ‘International Relations’ with Conflict Textiles

‘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.

My Journey into Conflict and the World of Arpilleras, Part 2 (of 3)

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.

Textiles dealing with everyday memories of war, political violence and disaster: The Stitching Memoryscape exhibition, Japan, 2017

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.

My Journey into Conflict and the World of Arpilleras, Part 1 (of 3)

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!