Women of Scotland quilts exhibition stitches up Mary Queen of Scots at Stirling Smith Gallery

By Ben Miller | 19 November 2010
A photo of a quilt stitched with fishes
Exhibition: Women of Scotland Quilts, Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum, Stirling, November 20 2010 – January 9 2011

In a bid to immortalise the achievements of Scottish women in fabric, stitch extraordinaires Tina Gravatt and Loraine Sullivan have spent the past year embroiled in quilts.

The results are more than 40 works in patchwork, embroidery and embellishments, ranging from 24 square inch miniatures to a sprawling tapestry, depicting names as illustrious as Mary Queen of Scots, St Margaret and 19th century social firecracker Fanny Wright.

19th century hero Fanny Wright is among those receiving the quilt treatment
The show starts in Stirling, but will eventually takes its themes – Votes for Women, medicine, mill workers, agriculture and science – on a tour of Scotland as far-reaching as its subjects.

“It is a pleasure to see the history of Scottish women so beautifully stitched,” observes Elspeth King, the Director of the Stirling Smith who has written a few works on Scottish women herself.

“The sewing and patch-working of life histories is not often done in a Scottish context. I hope that this exhibition will inspire other needle workers and create more interest in the neglected subject of women’s history.”
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