In 2018, to mark the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 1918 Representation of the People Act London College of Fashion, UAL, invited twenty artists to each create an image which was embroidered onto a handkerchief. These handkerchiefs were displayed at Ruthin Craft Centre, Wales, in an exhibition co-curated by Charlotte Hodes and Alison Moloney – Motive / Motif: Artists Commemorate the Suffragettes.

The significance of the image on the handkerchief goes far beyond this modest embroidered object. Its beauty belies the women’s struggle and suffering whilst revealing their bond with the embroidered word.⁠ Handkerchiefs include those by Charlotte Hodes, Celia Pym, Sarah Lucas and Mona Hatoum.

 

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