What is the culture of quilts in today's society?
quilt fabrics, more and more fabrics
quilt notions, special rulers
women for the most part
Walk into any quilt show, only one or two quilts shine out as true.
There is disdain for quilts among other textile artists. Why is this?
Is it really because the bulk of quilts in quilt shows are made
with lots of tricks and short cuts
like stack and whack?
Remember those Amish quilts from the 1920's? Made from naturally dyed wool and cotton they used large shapes, squares mostly and no embellishment or fancy tricks with fussy cut prints. The way that the colours were made and then how they were arranged makes us feel that the woman who laid those fabrics beside each other on the floor really thought about how they could best express the emotions she felt in her soul.What WAS quiltmaking?
an integral part of a woman's work day along with cleaning, laundry, mending, child caring, wood chopping, gardening
a welcome relief from those domestic chores
a creative option for a woman in her confined domestic sphere
a visual language where she could express joy, ambition, sorrow, even politics
What IS quiltmaking? (or should I say, what can quiltmaking be?)
a place to design with colour and shape in an original way
a tactile painting
a metaphor for warmth and comfot
an intimate connection with the body (we SLEEP with them)
a pattern (like music)
a way to recycle materials that might be thrown away
a way to keep things that need to be treasured
a way to gather things up and try to make them make sense
an object that takes a long time to make and gives contemplative space to the maker
a place to express concerns
about the body, about feelings, about relationships, about frustrations, about values
in a tender way
in a resourceful way
in an enduring way