Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.
About my work
The block I made uses digitally printed cotton and hand-embroidery, using imagery of visual identity recognition technology.
Craftivism is a valuable tool in publicising issues overlooked or deliberately ignored by mainstream media. This project was brought to my attention at a time when, having been recently re-politicised by world and national events, I wanted to move into work with a more overt social message.
I looked back to ‘the personal is political’ mantra from my early art college days; what I now know is called ‘second wave’ feminism. Since beginning this project, I have been motivated to become more actively involved in feminist actions and we now have a feminist, female-only embroidery and political discussion group meeting monthly in my hometown of Leeds in the UK. I see myself as a lapsed feminist, recently awoken to a crisis in women’s rights that we have collectively sleepwalked into over the last two decades.
- Emma Dolan
Emma Dolan is a textile artist based in England, originally trained in surface-pattern design and print. Having stepped away from the contemporary craft world over the last year, Emma is presently focusing on collaborative textile projects addressing women’s rights in the United Kingdom, such as protecting sex-segregated provisions, safeguarding children in schools, and the protection of women from the sex industry. She is one of a group of women, the Leeds Spinners, who hold regular embroidery and craftivist meetings in her hometown of Leeds in Yorkshire. The area has a long tradition in the textile industry with women at the heart of the mills and political life, at the beginning of the UK trade union movement. The Leeds Spinners are part of this tradition of creative, proactive women.