Gillian Wearing has worked with Plinth to create affordable limited edition art work. This handkerchief is embroidered with signatures of the petition started by Caroline Criado Perez to erect a statue of a woman in London’s Parliament Square. Millicent Fawcett, unveiled in Parliament Square on April 24th 2018, breaks through barriers by being not only the first statue of a woman, but the first by a woman. She now stands beside monuments to activists like Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi.
Like the rest of the Wearing collection for Plinth, this handkerchief is designed with a nod to the original suffragette movement. In Sussex in the 1970’s, an embroidered handkerchief was rescued from a pile to be burnt. It was discovered that this handkerchief was made by suffragettes on hunger strike in Holloway prison in 1912 following their arrests as they campaigned for Votes for Women. It is now on show at the Priest House Museum, West Hoathly.
This new edition is made in collaboration with the Mayor of London’s Culture & Creative Industries Team and Plinth who have worked with the Wearing to produce an edition of 1,000 embroidered handkerchiefs, each featuring signatures from 50 of these historic figures alongside those of Caroline Criado Perez and Gillian Wearing herself. is available from Plinth and part of the proceeds go to the Fawcett Society, campaigning for women’s rights and gender equality.