Processions: a mass participation artwork to celebrate one hundred years of votes for women

The craft group at Forge Urban Revival are really excited to be a part of the Processions Project.  Processions is a mass participation artwork to mark the centenary of (some) women getting the vote and involves groups of women from all over the UK making banners that will be carried at four marches in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London on 10th June 2018. The banner representing the women of Shropshire is being coordinated by DASH (Disability Arts Shropshire)  and is led by inspiring local artist Anne-Marie Lagram.

Wearing either green, white or violet, the colours of the suffrage movement, the PROCESSIONS will appear as a flowing river of colour through the city streets.

Handmade textile banners have played an important role in the Women’s Rights movement and women’s suffrage. I have been fascinated by the craft and creativity of suffrage banners and the role of textile arts in protest for many years, and so the chance to participate is in this project is super-exciting.

International Women’s Day on the 8th March seemed like a good time to make a start on our contributions. We have chosen the image of hands as a powerful symbol of activism, friendship and empowering ourselves and other people through making things ‘by hand’.

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We starting by drawing around our hands, meaning that each of them are unique to the person who made it and a little part of all of us will be in the banner. These are just a few of the hands that were made during the day by a wide range of women from all different backgrounds, ages and levels of sewing experience.

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The hands (and the whole banner) is made in the colours of the suffragette movement: purple for loyalty and dignity, white for purity, and green for hope.

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These small squares will become a part of a much larger banner that will represent the women of Shropshire. I am also involved with embroidering a part of the Shropshire Hills – more of that to come! I will keep you posted on progress with the banner and the Centenary march on the 10th June; we are marching In Cardiff with the women of Wales.

Thanks for visiting, see you again soon

Mary x

 

 

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