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Title

Peace Quilt - Common Loss

Object Name

Quilt

Maker

MacWilliam, Irene (Primary maker)
MacWilliam, Irene (maker)

Date Made

1996
1996

Place Made

Northern Ireland: County Antrim: Belfast
Belfast

Description

In this quilt, Irene MacWilliam expresses her deep concern for the loss of life during the Troubles, which impacted on every county and community in Northern Ireland. Between 1969 and 1994 more than 3,000 people died as a result of the conflict, approximately half of whom were civilians. Each piece of red fabric, deliberately torn to convey a sense of destruction, represents one of those who died. As the work began to take shape, people from Northern Ireland, Japan, the USA and England sent pieces of red fabric to Irene for inclusion. The white birds represent the dove of peace and the teddy bear reminds us of the many children who suffered the loss of loved ones.

Materials

Pieces of red scrap textiles sewn onto a dark backing fabric made up of 4 long strips

Catalogue Number

BELUM.W2021.24

Copyright

© Conflict Textiles, Photograph by Martin Melaugh.