Work by Moira Anne Dickson :: Poem by Gerda Stevenson

Textile art

From Quines by Gerda Stevenson

Artist’s statement

Title of work: ‘Sisters Unite’

Before I’d even read the poem I was sold on the title, my husband with his passion for football and my Mother who’d lived on Easter Road. I’d heard many a tale about her watching, when she was young, the sea of men in overcoats and caps filling the road at the end of a match.

I chose to make my background out of hand stitched, English paper pieced hexagons. I used a mixture of papers, on some I’d written the poem in a continuous script using a stick and ink. The hexagon was to indicate the ball (modern) and quilt making, normally associated with women.

The circle, to signify the joining of the women taking part. I decorated it with intertwined free machined thistles and roses with some lines from the poem in red, a colour I wouldn’t normally associate with Scotland.

A feminine look with flowers and patchwork but the words, taken from the poem, show strength and unity.