Stitching Our Stories

Stitching Our Stories
Library Shelf Location ZINE-M
Publication Date 2021

The creation of textiles has long been a way for women to build community, collaborate, and mark their existence in stitch. Stitching Our Stories is an Arts Council-funded project by Norfolk Libraries and artist Connie Flynn to make a protest banner demanding an end to violence against women.

It was inspired by the long history of the creation of textiles by women as protest and as a response to the increase of gender-based violence during the pandemic. The banner is a public proclamation of solidarity and collective strength, and a focal point for discussion and information in Norfolk Libraries.

Twenty-five local women worked on the banner collaboratively during a two-month period in 2021. It features the motifs of pansies to represent women’s protest histories, African violets to represent survival and tenderness, and candles which reflect the symbolic imagery seen at vigils. The group found inspiration in the collections at Norfolk Heritage Centre, including photographs of feminist protests and posters from “Reclaim the Night” marches.

Laura Moseley of Common Threads Press created this zine to accompany the project, in which she explores the history of women’s protest textiles.

Quantity 1
Pages 16
Format A5 Zine
Publisher Common Threads Press
Related Artist Laura Moseley
Category Zine Collection (by appointment)
Keywords sewing, Women's histories, Women's stories, domestic violence, artistic subversion, Quilting, banners, Protest, Feminist protests, textiles

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