This was made at a workshop at the International Womens Day celebration in Brighton, in March 2014. It was a collaboration with Christine from Be Crafty Community Arts, and visitors to the event.
I made the letter squares and people at the event were invited to contribute knitted or crocheted squares in any colour of their choosing. After the event, I joined all the squares together to make the finished banner.
The quote is from Virginia Woolf’s essay, Three Guineas, published in 1938.
“… if you insist upon fighting to protect me, or “our” country, let it be understood, soberly and rationally between us, that you are fighting to gratify a sex instinct which I cannot share; to procure benefits which I have not shared and probably will not share; but not to gratify my instincts, or to protect either myself or my country. For, the outsider will say, ‘in fact, as a woman, I have no country. As a woman I want no country. As a woman my country is the whole world.’ “