Seeds of Hope: A Feminist Requiem – Patchwork

168 Patches were made remembering amazing women we have known, loved, and been influenced by. There were so many patches that we made 3 panels for the September premiere of the Requiem. We hope to be able to make a fourth panel for people to add their patches as we take the requiem to other communities and will put info up here in due course. Meantime, here are photos of the three panels taken by Will Stone.

The original invitation to contribute a patch, Summer 2022:

You are invited to contribute a patch to remember any amazing woman whose shoulders you stand upon.

This autumn, I will be premiering a feminist requiem in memory of my amazing mum, Sue Stone. The requiem will be a community gathering involving singing, food and the sharing of stories, laughter and tears.

To give a backdrop to the music, we are making a patchwork sheet of amazing women, and you are invited to share your wonderful women with us. You don’t have to be a wonderful haberdasher to participate, it could even be a single coloured square if that, for you, represents your amazing woman.

Specifics

Size:

8×8 inch plus a half inch seam all round, so the visible size is 8 inches squared, but the piece of cloth itself should be 9 inches square with the 8” in the centre.

Decoration:

Anything! You can write a person’s name or make an image that in some way represents them. You can embroider, appliqué, tie dye, write with fabric pens, cut and glue fabric on, stencil etc. Your creative imagination is the only limit.

Fabric:

We need relatively light fabric patches so they will hang together well. Some embroidery and applique is fine, but please not full quilting, knitting or crochet.

Yes Please: 

  • Light and mid-weight cotton
  • Lighter fabrics

No thank you:

  • Knitting or crochet
  • Stretchy fabric
  • Heavy fabric
  • Quilted pieces

How many?

You can share as many patches as you like – I’m currently planning to make 3 panels for ease of hanging, but this can be extended if necessary.

Who?
Any and all women that you may want to commemorate or celebrate. Family members, friends, writers, teachers or artists who have inspired you. The only criteria is that they have died and that they are women.

When?

Please send patches by July 25th, 2022. (Please note that we have added a week onto the previous lifeline as patches are still coming in, if you expect to send one a few days late please let us know so we can account for it while working out the rectangular jigsaw puzzle!)

Where?

Please post your patches to Penny Stone, 67/11 Giles Street, Edinburgh, EH6 6DD. Please also include the full name of your patchwork woman. If you include a note of your email address, I’ll be sure to let you know your patch has arrived safely! If you want to email a couple of sentences about your amazing woman, I’ll make a ‘map’ of the patchwork to put nearby when we display it.

What will happen to the patchwork?

The requiem will be premiered in Edinburgh in September 2022 and in Derby in March 2023, and I’m hoping to apply for funding to tour the work to different communities through 2023, so the patchwork will carry on being shared during that time. Once this run has ended I’ll make sure the patchwork is used in positive and appropriate ways.

If you have any other questions, please email wisewomenrequiem@gmail.com

Please do pass this call out to any friends who you think might want to contribute a square.

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