Thursday 14 March | 6pm–8pm
Threads of Life is a history of sewing and embroidery, told through the stories of the men and women, over centuries and across continents, who have used the language of sewing to make their voices heard, even in the most desperate of circumstances.
Join the author Clare Hunter in what promises to a fascinating talk, from the political storytelling of the Bayeux tapestry’s anonymous embroiderers and Mary, Queen of Scots’ treasonous stitching, to the sewing of First World War soldiers suffering from PTSD and the banner-makers at Greenham Common.
Threads of Life, £20 published by Hodder & Stoughton, February 2019, stretches from medieval France to 1980s America, from a Second World War POW camp in Singapore to a family attic in Scotland. It is as much about identity, protest, memory and politics as craft and artistry.
In an eloquent blend of history and memoir with a unique understanding of craft, Clare Hunter’s Threads of Life is an evocative and moving book about the need we all have to tell our story.
Clare Hunter has sewn since she was a child. She has been a banner-maker, community textile artist and textile curator for over twenty years and established the community enterprise NeedleWorks in Glasgow. She was a finalist of the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award with a story published in its 2017 Annual. She was also a recipient of a Creative Scotland Award in 2016. Threads of Life is her first book. www.sewingmatters.co.uk, @sewingmatters
Pre-order your copy of Threads of Life with your event ticket to collect on the night of the talk, through the link below
Talk: £15 | £12 Students
Talk plus book: £35 | £32 Students
All tickets include a complimentary drink and exhibition entry
The event starts at 6pm with a glass of wine in the Museum foyer and opportunity to view the current exhibition. The talk follows at 6.15pm for 6.20pm in the Fashion Studio and lasts for approximately one hour including an opportunity to ask questions, followed by a book signing in the foyer. Ticket includes admission to the exhibition and guests are welcome to view this before or after the talk.Frequently Asked Questions