National Army Museum
Until Sun May 11
Time Out says
Posted: Fri Feb 21 2014
This display draws together the history of sewing and soldiering, from practical patch-ups to needlework's role in aiding soldiers’ rehabilitation.
'Piece Makers' showcases the results of a two-year collaboration between the museum, soldiers and
Contemporary artist Susan Stockwell used drawing, sewing and quilting to help soldiers from rehabilitation and support centres to unlock memories and accounts of soldiering and re-entering civilian life after the Army. She also delved into historical material in the National Army Museum’s collection, looking at the fusion of creativity and recuperation in Army life from the nineteenth century to present day.
Alongside historical items is a large-scale work by Stockwell which marries historical themes of creativity in the Army with recent soldiers’ voices, thoughts and stories captured in the project's workshops, conversations and films.