Collected Item: “Handmade banner and sash, and fabric from Processions march”


Handmade banner and sash, and fabric from Processions march


I handstitched this Votes for Women sash in 2017 for my seven-year-old daughter when she was asked to dress up as a Victorian at school. She didn't want to dress as a maid, as the girls were expected to, so we worked together on a suffragette outfit (coupled with one of my 1990s short dresses and a hat).

I made the banner for my daughter to carry at the Processions march in London on 10 June 2018, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act that gave (some) women in Britain the vote. We were asked to reference a traditional suffrage banner but with a 21st century message. Processions, created by Artichoke, was a mass participation artwork. Women and girls marched dressed in purple, white and green fabric wraps - the colours of the suffrage movement. The green fabric is one of the wraps from the march.

For me, these represent the connection between our feminist past, present and future, and how my feminist activism today is related to previous movements (without being restricted by outdated theories or ideas).

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