The Quilters’ Guild supported PROCESSIONS, a mass participation artwork that marked the centenary of the Representation of the People Act, which gave the first British women the right to vote.
PROCESSIONS invited women* and girls across the UK to come together on the streets of Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London on Sunday 10 June 2018 to mark the historic moment in a living, moving portrait of women in the 21st century.
The Quilters’ Guild was one of 100 organisations working with women artists up and down the country in the lead-up to the event, as part of an extensive public programme of creative workshops to create 100 centenary banners which formed part of this vast artwork.
The banner-making workshops focused on text and textiles, echoing the practices of the women’s suffrage campaign and were spaces to consider the power of the vote today and our shared future. The banners made represented and celebrated the diverse voices of women and girls from different backgrounds.
The Quilters’ Guild was delighted to work with textile artist and member of the Quilters’ Guild, Alison Garner to produce a banner celebrating women and how quilting brings us together. By day Alison is a professional embroiderer specialising in ecclesiastical wear and by night she quilts.
Alison’s banner design celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act using the colours of the suffragette movement, violet, green and white to create a patchwork banner, using appliqué to represent the broad spectrum of women who enjoy the creativity of patchwork and quilting. Each patchwork joint features a cross representing the individual vote of women. The crosses on the quilt were sewn by Guild members including YQs (see below).
*those who identify as women or non-binary