Clare Hunter has sewn since she was a child. She has been a banner-maker, community textile artist and textile curator for over twenty years and established the community enterprise NeedleWorks in Glasgow. She was a finalist of the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award with a story published in its 2017 Annual. She was also a recipient of a Creative Scotland Award in 2016. She lives near Stirling in Scotland. Threads of Life is her first book.
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Books by Clare
Embroidering Her Truth:
Mary Queen of Scots and the Language of Power
Sceptre, March 2022
I felt that Mary was there, pulling at my sleeve, willing me to appreciate the artistry, wanting me to understand the dazzle of the material world that shaped her.
At her execution Mary, Queen of Scots wore red. Widely known as the colour of strength and passion, it was in fact worn by Mary as the Catholic symbol of martyrdom.
In sixteenth-century Europe women’s voices were suppressed and silenced. Even for a queen like Mary, her prime duty was to bear sons. In an age when textiles expressed power, Mary exploited them to emphasise her female agency. From her lavishly embroidered gowns as the prospective wife of the French Dauphin to the fashion dolls she used to encourage a Marian style at the Scottish court and the subversive messages she embroidered in captivity for her supporters, Mary used textiles to advance her political agenda, affirm her royal lineage and tell her own story.
In this eloquent cultural biography, Clare Hunter exquisitely blends history, politics and memoir to tell the story of a queen in her own voice.
Threads of Life
Winner, Saltire First Book Award
BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week
Waterstones Scottish Book of the Month
‘An astonishing feat‘ Christina Patterson, Sunday Times
‘An inspiring and moving sideways look at history‘ Eithne Farry, Sunday Express
An eloquent blend of history and memoir, Threads of Life is an evocative and moving book about the need we all have to tell our story.
From political propaganda in medieval France to secret treason in Tudor England, from the mothers of the Desaparecidos in Argentina to First World War soldiers with PTSD, from a POW camp in Singapore to a family attic in Scotland, Threads of Life is a global chronicle of identity, protest, memory and politics.
Banner-maker, community textile artist and textile curator Clare Hunter chronicles the stories of the men and women, over centuries and across continents, who have used the language of sewing to make their voices heard, even in the most desperate of circumstances.
‘A beautifully considered book… Clare Hunter has managed to mix the personal with the political with moving results.‘ Tracy Chevalier