Over a series of six workshops I worked with a group of women to research, design and produce a banner at Glasgow Women’s Library. The banner was all screen-printed and made up of smaller pieces around the edge of a larger central section. All the texts were drawn from conversations that we had within the workshops around what it is to be a woman in 2018, as well as from research from material in the Library’s archive, notably the banner and badge collection. It became apparent early on in the workshops, that whilst we could like to come together collectively on the design and the message of the banner, that we could also like to have a variety of different women’s voices present. Individual women then worked on texts for the smaller sections and we printed these together as a group in the workshops.

The background of the banner is made up of repeating images of hands of women that we photographed in the workshop; these have been printed in a range of different skin tone colours. The graphic shape that surrounds the central image was inspired by research into different flag and banner shapes that we looked at together.

PROCESSIONS was a mass participation project bringing thousands of women together in creative workshops leading to UK-wide public processions on Sunday 10th June.