Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Exeter Phoenix Art Exhibition: Sewing for Peace held in conjunction with International Women's Day Celebration

I was just invited by my We Are Having Weather partner Anne Pehkonen an artist from Finland to participate in this project for Peace.
I am not sure if it will work for me (I'm not much of a sewer....but I have an idea about doing a small painting on canvas and appliquing it onto the square) anyhow I thought I would pass it along to anyone else who may want to participate.

News Release – Exeter women sewing for peace
Thu 4 Dec 2008
Exeter Phoenix has started a big project named ‘Sewing For Peace’ this winter, in preparation for next year’s International Women’s Day celebrations. As part of the initiative, Exeter Phoenix is appealing to women of all ages and backgrounds to express their personal symbol(s) of peace on a white square of cotton using embroidery, appliqué or other textile techniques. All squares will be collated and incorporated into one or more large banners, which will be carried during a special International Women’s Day parade in Exeter’s city centre on Sun 8th March 2009.

Women from all over Devon have started coming together to sew for peace at Exeter Phoenix on a regular basis. Exeter Phoenix has also started to link up with community groups such as Devon United Women and Happy Feet (international parent/toddler group at the Sidwell Centre) to encourage as many women as possible to join in and sew together for peace. There has already been an international response as well, as women from different countries have started finding out about the project and are taking part by creating embroideries of peace in their own homes and sending them to Exeter Phoenix when completed.

Anyone is welcome to participate and embroideries/applique/textile work of any level of simplicity or complexity will be gratefully received. The desired measurements for the white cotton squares on which to create your symbols of peace are appr. 30cm by 30 cm. Exeter Phoenix has some white cotton squares and thread available for those who don’t have access to materials. If you require further information or are part of a women’s or other community group and would be interested in getting more involved in the Exeter Phoenix ‘Sewing For Peace’ project, please contact Education Project Manager Catherine Cartwright on or 01392 667 081. Please send finished work with a note including your name and contact details to: Sewing For Peace, c/o Catherine Cartwright, Exeter Phoenix, Bradninch Place, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS.

Exeter women of all ages sew for peace together at Exeter Phoenix (high res images and captions attached)
For further information and high resolution images please contact:
Milica Lewis (Press Officer), Email:, Phone: 01392 667 598

Exeter Phoenix Ltd is supported by Devon County Council, Exeter City Council and Arts Council England South West. Registered Charity No. 290011. Registered in England No. 1844169


Exeter Phoenix
Bradninch Place
Gandy Street
Exeter EX4 3LS
Box Office: 01392 667 080

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Alicia Hunsicker's art is undeniably beautiful. She is an expert at extracting the highly-detailed textures and fibers of the human body, bringing them from darkness, into the light, with a technical precision that rivals any modern-day master.
David Aquino, Brattleboro Reformer