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The Story Of This Quilt
March For The Alternative by Louise Donovan.

I had, between November 2009 and March 2011, attended various courses at the St Ives School of Painting. I remember at one point a tutor gently suggested that I might be “thinking too much”. This made immediate sense to me and I knew I wanted to be freer when designing and making a piece of textile art.

I had hoped to be part of the March for the Alternative on 26th March 2011 but had not been able to arrange this. So I thought I would make my own protest. I had kept scraps from many of the quilts I had made over the years in one big plastic bag. I put my sewing machine on a table not far from the TV with the BBC news channel on, emptied the bag and cut, joined and machined pieces with no plan. I wanted to see what emerged from the impact of the news on my creative process. At the end of the day I put the joined-together top on the floor and looked hard. My immediate reaction was to say – ‘There’s a lot of red and black!’ As in the line from Les Miserables –“Red, the blood of angry men; black, the colour of despair.”

My first explicit piece of political textile art had been created.

Some of my friends who were on the march have commented that they can see where there was kettling, where the route was blocked and where they ended in Hyde Park for the party.

     
 
 
 
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