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Remembering the Troubles in Stitch, Sound and Word


Eileen Harrisson

Aberystwyth University, GB
About Eileen
In 2013, I obtained an MA in Art and Art History at Aberystwyth University and Ι am currently studying part-time for a PhD in Fine Art, in which I am exploring the symbiotic relationship between stitch, sound and word through the prism of my experiences of the Troubles in Northern Ireland. A freelance artist, I take part regularly in exhibitions in the UK and abroad and with poems published, I give readings and performances of my poetry at a variety of events. My work involves wall hangings, artist books and installations and I also write music and collaborate with my son, Edward Harrisson, on music and films. I was awarded funding from the Arts Council of Wales for the musical element of an installation. Married with a grown-up daughter and son, I live with my husband in Snowdonia, N. Wales.
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This article discusses how the medium of hand stitch in relation with sound and the poetic word brings particular properties to the act of remembering. It explores what it means to document remembered events verbally and through art and the rôle played by the senses, including that of hearing, prompted by the medium of textile. The nature of the experience of trauma is addressed and what personal recollection can bring to the understanding of the affects of conflict on society, including vulnerable groups such as children, and how stitched work is a metaphor for the act of healing.
How to Cite: Harrisson, E., 2022. Remembering the Troubles in Stitch, Sound and Word. Contemporary Voices: St Andrews Journal of International Relations, 3(1), p.9. DOI:
Published on 05 Jan 2022.
Peer Reviewed


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