From home, with love

Knitting socks for soldiers, 1916, John Oxley Library, SLQ, Negative number: 151685

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During the First World War, craft acted as a therapeutic and morale-building activity for the loved ones of soldiers. Whilst the tradition of wartime crafting, particularly through knitting, darning and sewing, often conjures ideas of missing loved ones and sadness, this project frames this act as a positive one; crafters thoughtfully made something to comfort those far away, resulting in a physical, tangible object of love.

Crafting towards a common good connected families to their absent loved ones and to their community at home. It also reflected common ideas of love and protection given through talismanic handmade objects.

The Stitchery Collective explores how clothing and cloth can be imbued with meaning, memories and comfort. From home, with love invites visitors to feel and wear cloth that is made heavy with memories, and join the group effort in crafting for comfort.

This exhibition is part of Distant Lines: Queensland voices of the First World War, exploring the unique Queensland experience of the war — before, during, and after.

Image: Knitting socks for soldiers, John Oxley Library, SLQ, image no.: 151685.

6th Jun 2015 10:00am-5:00pm
Every day, until 26th Jul 2015
SLQ Gallery, level 2, State Library, Stanley Place, South Bank
Free, no bookings required

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