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AIDS Quilt 38

The collection of UK AIDS Quilts were made between 1989 and 1996 to commemorate friends, lovers and family members who passed away from an AIDS related illness during this time. You can zoom in to some of the specific details listed below.

The bottom left panel remembers Nick Simpson. Nick was a lover of roller coasters, Disney, the Wizard of Oz and cowboy clothes. The picture on the quilt was taken at Pride 1991. After Nick died his partner, Steve, sought solace in music especially Bette Midler’s ‘Wind Beneath my Wings’ which represented how supportive Steve was of Nick through everything.

The bottom right panel is a black geometric design for Eric.

The central bottom panel remembers Frank McEwan and Nigel Pear, with their names over a tartan design.

The central top panel remembers David Wilton along with the dates 1938 – 1993.

The central left panel remembers Robert Fraser. Next to his name is a stitched dog’s head with his tongue lolling out and the phrase ‘We All Miss You’.

The top left panel reads ‘For Tina’ in a striking navy blue and white contrast design. At the bottom in cursive style stitching reading ‘love Nadia’ and ‘forever yours [name obscured]’.

The top right panel is a collage of denim pieces around the wording ‘Wise Before Our Time’.

The central right panel is for Scott MacDonald and features a poem titled ‘Cigarette’. Along the bottom is the phrase ‘Your cigarette has been only half smoked’.


Tina - Frank McEwan - Nigel Pearl - David Wilton - Nick Simpson - Robert Fraser - Eric - Scott MacDonald - Wise before our time

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