Banner raises celebration of island women

Mull and Iona women raise their banner.

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A  Mull and Iona banner commemorating 100 years of women getting the vote has been moving hearts and minds as part of a textile celebration.

The We Know Where We Are Going banner, made as part of a Processions project, was chosen to be exhibited as part of the British Textile Biennial 2019.

It was made by women and girls aged eight to 80 living on the islands and working with artist Alicia Hendrick.

‘Our banner is a celebration of the inspirational women of our islands. The map of Mull is filled with images of island women, the sea surrounding our islands are inscribed with the names of women past and present we admire,’ said Ms Hendrick.

Inspired by suffragette banner-maker Mary Lowndes, the women and girls  used tweed, tartan and beeswax to make their banner, embroidering it with the words and poetry of local women writers.

Arts organisation Comar nominated artist Alicia  who was selected as one of 100 artist’s working with communities across Britain.

The banner, along with others from the Processions project, was exhibited for 10 days in an old mill space in Lancashire.