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Political banners, with their traditions reaching back through the labour movement, have something in common with the Shoddy exhibition. Being fabric-based is the obvious connection, with a skillful use of embroidery, appliqué and painting to convey a strong message. Banners often carry a message of protest or resistance, but are as often about identity, pride, unity and justice.
DAN banner on the right, the only photo I can find of it. Photo: Tony Baldwinson
We are familiar with trade union banners, the banners of the women’s suffrage movement and, of course, banners that are carried on demonstrations – sometimes quickly and roughly made, but with something to say and aiming to grab your attention.
The disabled people’s movement has created some wonderful, attention-grabbing banners over the years, including the legendary banner that accompanied DAN, the disabled people’s direct action network, on actions during the 1990s. The slogan “to boldly go…
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