Once a month join artist Helen Mather as she takes over PHM’s Instagram Live @phmmcr for an hour of stitching, chatting and sharing inspired by the museum’s collections.
Each month we’ll create an accompanying resource designed to provide inspiration and ideas for creativity online and at home.
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Suitable for 11+
This month’s inspiration:
One of ten treasures from PHM’s collection, the political print Universal Suffrage or The Scum Uppermost by George Cruikshank, 1819. The print was designed to warn people of the dangers of reform and revolution just one month before the Peterloo Massacre of August 1819; when at a time of inequality, working people were demanding the right to vote.
Throughout lockdown we have seen inequalities made more visible. People are once again calling for change, reform, and a dismantling of the systems that do not work for everyone. This resource shows you how to make a 3D textile piece which will reflect the piling up of symbolic objects in the political print. With words stitched onto them, the 3D shapes can be dismantled and reassembled in ways to demonstrate ideas for change.