In 2018 Kate was chosen to design an Opposing War Memorial for Conscientious Objectors to be installed in Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh.
The proposed design was created through in depth research and consultation with specialist groups, including the CO Memorial Steering Group, expert historians,Adult Learners (WEA) studying Conscientious Objection, local and regional archives and input from a present day international CO.
Embroidered war handkerchiefs were historically used to create visual records of moments in history and narratives. The Opposing War Memorial sculpture will be a bronze ‘Handkerchief Tree’ adorned with embroidered handkerchiefs cast in bronze. These handkerchiefs are a personal and accessible way to convey the history and on going story of Conscientious Objection. Each embroidered handkerchief will represent an aspect of Conscientious Objection to convey the broad spectrum and history of conscientious objection and opposition to war. The handkerchief embroidery will include names of men and women war resisters who were imprisoned, and emblems of international organisations dedicated to conscientious objection, peace building and conflict resolution in ascending time order with First World War COs on lower branches and some near the top left blank to suggest future peacemakers.
Handkerchief Tree/Dove Tree