Did you know that the world’s largest arms fair, DSEI, takes place in London every two years? The next one is happening this September.
In protest against the arms fair, the Quaker community is creating a collaborative tapestry, made from many handmade mini-banners all stitched together.
Find out why Quakers object to the arms fair here.
Join us at Stitched Up HQ to make your own mini-banner to add to the project.
Each mini-banner needs to be around 15x20cm in size. You can use any textile-based technique you like to make your banner – cross- stitch, appliqué, fabric pens, or any other method. Feel free to get started on your banner before the workshop, as we only have two hours to get them done!
Scrap textiles and sewing equipment will be provided, but please bring along anything else you’d like to use in making your mini banner.
When thinking about your piece of the tapestry, you might want to illustrate:
- the impact of the international arms trade in wars and conflict around the world,
- the arms trade at work – the meetings, the deals, the exhibitions…
- resistance to the arms trade
- your vision of a peaceful world, free of the arms trade.
The mini-banners will be joined together at the protest against the DSEI arms fair in September to form a big tapestry. After the action they will be used around London to highlight DSEI and the impact of the international arms trade.
There is no charge for the workshop, but a donation towards our materials and overheads is always welcome.
Stitched Up x