Part of a nationwide exhibition by The Embroiderers’ Guild that has been displayed in several cathedrals. Liverpool Cathedral will be hosting the display during their WW1 exhibition in the Memorial Chapel.
The Embroiderers’ Guild invited members to take part in the commemoration of the ending of WW1 100 years ago by stitching a 3d heart. They were invited to create their own design to cover all or part of the front face of the commemorative heart and, possibly, the seam.
The design could depict any aspect of the war from the battlefields, ships, planes, munitions, military insignia, war horses and other animals or specific events to the experiences of a family member or friend who took part in the war whether as a member of the armed services or in a civilian role. The design could include the use of photos, medals, ribbons, braid, buttons, uniform materials, clasps, closed pins, printed materials, and other items from their family’s archives.
“Lest we Forget” are the poignant words spoken by a generation long ago. Those who fought in World War 1 are now fading memories to the generation who came after, and soon they too will be lost to us. Stories of comradeship, bravery, victories and setbacks were captured in the letters sent back to relatives eagerly waiting for news or told by those who returned. Using cloth and thread as both a medium and metaphor, the artists have interpreted their stories as sensitive images stitched onto hearts. These pieces will express concepts and ideas in a unique way that other forms of visual art find hard to match. They will illustrate to a new generation both the individuals and the regiments; the battlefields and medals won; those who fought together and the songs that kept their spirits high; the words written to those back home and the newspaper reports of the time. In conjunction with SSAFA, the Embroiderers’ Guild is proud to commemorate all those who took part in WW1. These are unique and thoughtful exhibitions put together to fulfil the hope of a generation not to be forgotten.
Admission free during normal opening hours. Usual car parking charges apply.