Friday, 7 June 2013

Remembering Emily


Remembering Emily - now on show at People's History Museum

Remembering Emily is an artwork by Lynn Setterington, and is one of the deeds in the 100 Deeds project. Here Lynn speaks about how it all came together to form this wonderful installation...

My deed, to mark the centenary of the death of suffragette Emily Davison and raise awareness of this remarkable woman, was to create a collaborative cloth comprising 100 sewn signatures - one for each year since her death. The project involved students, academic, technical and admin staff at Manchester Metropolitan University in a communal sew-in.

Everyone who took part was asked to sew their own signature and Remember Emily. Participants not only included students and staff in art and design but also science and engineering, health and social care and humanities. The shared making led to interesting conversations and discussions on the day, and I also collecting signatures from people who wanted to take part but were not able to participate at the event. A few “blanks” denote cloths given out but not returned by the deadline.

I devised an accompanying questionnaire to explore feminism today. This project is part of my on going research into sewn signatures as a means of social engagement.

Tomorrow afternoon there is a chance to meet artists behind the 100 deeds project and ask them any questions about their work.

8 June 2013
100 Deeds - Meet the Artists (clickable link)
2.00 – 3.00pm, FREE, Drop In

100 Deeds is a project which encourages members of the public to do an action which represents or promotes gender equality in the modern day, then promotes the people’s action. It is a direct response to the 100 year anniversary of Emily Wilding Davison’s fatal protest and is an opportunity for everyday people to recognise themselves as the makers of modern history. Come along and meet the artists to find out more about the project and to view all the deeds collected to date. Get involved by visiting or use the hashtag #100Deeds