Give My Head Peace
A project about conflict; and personal resolution
‘Now is the time to know
That all that you do is sacred’
Hafiz, Sufi Master
Like all good projects, this one has morphed and adapted over time. It’s been gradually sculpted by the global pandemic, genealogical discoveries, the excavation of personal trauma, a deepening soulful connection to pre-loved textiles, and a sense of the people who once wore and treasured them.
As a result of consuming historical accounts and working alongside present day survivors, I’ve grown my understanding of conflict and oppression from a narrow, propaganda fuelled and sometimes prejudiced sliver, to a canyon of gentle understanding and hope. I’ve experienced post traumatic growth. It feels important to share what I’ve learned.
Give My Head Peace is about exploring how conflict exists alongside the domestic sphere and every day life, and looks at how we manage to live on despite terrible challenges. It treasures the sacred that can be found in the every day; from recycling worn out tea towels into meaningful textile artworks, to kitchen dyeing techniques with onion skins and avocado pits on discarded children’s vests.
The project draws heavily on the sacred value of the items that support us in the everyday; the things that help us, heal us and nurture us on our journey. We can feel deeply connected to such objects and find solace in them during times of sickness and adversity.