Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Thank you for visiting my blog, but I've moved!!  The textiles are now here, including a Studio Blog which is on the front page  www.annabelrainbow.co.uk  and everything else is either here wwww.annabelrainbow.blogspot.com  or here www.throughourhands.co.uk.

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Life 12 all framed and done and waiting for an outing!

I shall now celebrate with a spot of lunch (my fave sandwich being cheese and raspberry jam) and start the next one this afternoon.  It's raining like heck here and still pretty gloomy, so may as well.

It's quite an imposing quilt and is the largest I've done so far - difficult to photograph and get any detail - you'll have to come and see if for real please!!  (Bilston 2015?)

Friday, 6 June 2014

6th June, 1944.

Life 10 - Leaf Mould

Life 10 is about war.

People are born, and they die. Fleeting memories are all that are left. They are absorbed into the earth, but their experiences nourish and change us. Sometimes they help us to grow. 

The words on the body are from a poem by Tom Walker, about the futility of war.

When greed sups with the devil
And principles are shed
When power is corrupted
And truth stands on its head
When fear pervades the confused mind
And fools are easily led
When reason is a prisoner
The bell tolls for the dead.

Tom Walker

Details of leaves with images printed on them and then painted.

The “soil” background fabric has a list of all the wars ever.

The strips of fabric sewn onto the soil are covered with statistics about deaths from various wars.............

World War 2 1939-45 between 50 and 80 million deaths. Spanish Civil War 1936-36, 1 million deaths. Paraguay 1864 – 1870, 1 million deaths. Mongol conquests 1206-1368, 50 million deaths. China 1340-1368, 30 million deaths. China 1616-1662, 25 million deaths. China 1851-1864, 20 to 100 million deaths. World War 1, 1914-18  65 million deaths. Timur-e-Lang 1369-1405, 20 million deaths. China 755 – 763, 13 to 36 million deaths. China 1862-1877, 12 million deaths. Japan 1894-1945, 5 to 30 million deaths. Russia 1917-1921, 5 to 9 million deaths. Congo 1998 – 2003, 5 million deaths. Napoleonic Wars 1803 – 1815, 4 to 7 million deaths. Holy Roman Empire, 1618 -1648, 3 to 12 million deaths. China 1840’s to unknown, 3 to 7 million deaths. Nigeria 1967 to 1970, 3 million deaths. Afghanistan 1979 onwards, 1.5 to 2 million deaths so far. Poland 1655 to 1660, 4 million deaths. Korean War 1950 – 1953, 4 million deaths. Vietnam 1955 to 1975, 1 to 3 million deaths. France 1562 – 1598, 2 to 4 million deaths. Africa 1816 – 1828, 2 million deaths. Sudan 1983 – 2005, 2 million deaths. Holy Crusades 1095 – 1291, 1 to 3 million deaths. France 50BC to 58BC, 1 million deaths. China 1856 – 1973, 1 million deaths. Mexico 1911 – 1920, 2 million deaths. Iran/Iraq 1980 – 1988, 1 to 2 million deaths. America 1861 – 1865, 80,000 deaths. Spain 1936 – 1939, 1 million deaths. Paraguay 1864 – 1870, 1 million deaths. 

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Life 11 - Trolls. Finished

Life 11 - Trolls
Approximate size 59" x 48" (has to be framed yet)

Stitched cloth, acrylic paint.

The Story: Women outperform men at GCSE, A levels, Undergrad, and Postgrad qualifications to the ratio of 1 to 1.6.  The current UK gender pay gap stands at 15%. Why? Lots of reasons, but one surely has to be discrimination.  Discrimination is a form of mysogyny.

So the glass ceiling is in place, partly kept there by mysogyny and we stay below. Do we unsettle you? Are you frightened of us?  Are we the trolls under your bridge?

The words on this quilt are:

The Glass Ceiling (across the central band)

Leg 1 "Silly Girl, Silly Girl, you're only good for one thing" My God says that it is a woman's place to have babies and look after them and obey her husband. It's the mans job to protect woman by marrying her. In 10 countries around the world women are legally bound to obey their husbands. 99.3% of women and girls in Egypt have been subjected to sexual harassment. 38% of all murders of women worldwide are committed by a woman's intimate partner.
Leg 2 Misogyny is the hatred or dislike of women or girls. Misogyny can be manifested in numerous ways, including sexual discrimination, denigration of women, violence against women and sexual objectification of women.
Leg 3 In the UK the gender pay gap is 15 percent  On average women earn £5,000 less a year than their male colleagues. For part time work it rises to 35 per cent. Globally only 24 percent of senior management roles are filled by women. In 1997 9 out of 10 senior civil servants in Northern Ireland were men.
Leg 4 The Equalities and Human Rights Commission have said it will take at least 70 years at the current rate of progress to see an equal number of male and female directors in the FTSE 100 companies. Closing the gender gap in agriculture and using the skills of women, we could reduce the worlds hungry by 12 to 17 percent.
Leg 5 There are as many men in the cabinet who went to Eton as there are women MPs in the whole of Westminster, which is 147 female MP's  out of 650 or approximately 24%.
Leg 6 If the skills and qualifications of those women currently out of work in the UK were fully utilised the UK would have an extra £15 to 20 BILLION, which is double the value of the UK exports to China.  Females out perform males at 0 level and A level, and undergrad and post grad qualifications by approximately 1.6 to 1.0. There are 1705 male and 1090 female staff in higher education establishments.
Leg 7 73% of the Police force are male and 82% are male above the rank of Chief Inspector.  There are 10,100 male barristers and 5,300 female.  77% of UK parochial clergy are male and 89% of senior clergy are male. The UK is rated at 59th in the world for numbers of women in Parliament under Rwanda, Andorra, Cuba, Senegal and Nicaragua.  SHAME on the UK.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Bonnie McCaffery videos of Annabel at Festival of Quilts 2014

I just found these on YouTube! I do remember Bonnie doing the interviews but it was a while back. Anyway, it's about the Life Series and the thinking behind some of the pieces. I'll put them on the Through Our Hands website later....which neatly allows me to tell you that we have some fabulous new videos on site of Mirjam Pet-Jacobs and Jeanne Williamson talking about their work.  Click here to go the right place.

Click here to go to Bonnie's website

Friday, 28 March 2014

A Day In The Life Of Someone Who Makes The Odd Quilt - London, 25th March 2014

My dear friend Laura has kindly produced a newsletter for Through Our Hands about the exhibition in London which I'm very honoured to be part of. 

To blog about a day which turned out to be quite special to me seems a little immodest but I've decided to anyway. Let's be honest, it's only really me who's interested!!  I met some cracking people and had a fab time. Another experience to add to the list anyway.

I don't have many photos and those I do are blurry, so I've taken a couple which are freely available on google images and hope the people involved won't mind.

(Left) standing with fizz, in front of the quilt....but I'm racing ahead.

Diary of 25th March

Private View: Spirit of Womanhood Exhibition, The Oxo Tower Wharf, South Bank, London.

I prevaricated as I usually do. To go or not to go - it's such a pain to catch trains to London and then have to battle with the underground.  Generally speaking I have no sense of direction and I have no idea where I'm going most of the time. I blindly follow G like a faithful old dog trying to please.

But we went.  And apart from needing help to get into and out of all the stations because the ticket machine wouldnt read the ticket it was fine.  NB I was told politely by one station manager, that I should try using my train ticket in the machine and not the seat reservation ticket which really couldn't be expected to work.  I told him that's what happens when cousins marry.  He fell over.

We had oodles of time to spare so went for a bite to eat and spend an hour at the Tate.  This involves a walk along the south bank, next to the river.  I hadn't twigged that it was called the South Bank because it was on the South Bank of the Thames. But then I only recently found out that Banoffee pie was a mix of the words banana and toffee. What can I say?

This photo is waaay too blurry to make sense of really, but it's the only one I have of the quilt in situ. It's to the right of the pillar.

We had to pass the Oxo Tower, and can you imagine my shock - and joy (if I'd have been a child the teacher would be hurrying towards the spare pants cupboard) at seeing my quilt in a glass sided gallery on the main walkway, for all to see.  I just like to say to all those show organizers who refuse to show the Life Quilts or have hidden then behind curtains...... BLAH (raspberry sound plus tongue stuck out) and Get Real.  Everyone regardless of creed, religion, sex or age was free to see the quilt in full.

The Tate was fab and of course what a view from the restaurant window. (St Pauls Cathedral in the centre of the photo and a close up for those who haven't seen it)

We made our way back to the Oxo tower and a were allowed through and handed some fizz.  I donned a name badge and was whisked away to do a filmed interview about the work and have some photos taken.  I was introduced to lots of people and they were all lovely about the quilt.

I'd been there about 20 minutes when I began to recognize a few of the visitors  - not to put names too sadly, but I'd seen at least one of them on Eastenders.  I did recognize Lord Levy who came across to the quilt with Cherie Blair and began explaining the work and pointing out the stitched words.  He turned to ask for advice and I was introduced.  Cherie hooked her arm through mine and we talked for a few minutes about how to free machine, what the words were about, what was being sewn on the machine, the slippers (she has a pair the same!) and biscuits (which she doesn't eat). She was very kind indeed and said how much she and Lord Levy liked the quilt

Melvin Bragg arrived and he like the humour apparently. Then the speeches began.

The whole evening was to support the Charity, Women's Interfaith Network, a very worthy cause and I hope they do well promoting their message.

It was odd being in a glass cube in the middle of London with these people, and lots of other people looking in from outside.

We left quite quickly as we had a train to catch, but I had a lovely time and am so very grateful for the opportunity to exhibit with other well established, and emerging artists like myself. Tracy Emin was exhibiting, and there was some fabulous, thought provoking work on show.  I'd love to show you but don't have permission to put up their photos.

Here's a quote for you about the quilt from a newspaper - it might make you laugh!  Wrong on so many levels, but "am I bovvered?" No not really. I'm just happy.

"All different kinds of art are on display: sculpture, oil paintings, ceramics. There is even a quilt. Annabel Rainbow’s bedspread is quite extra-ordinary, depicting an elderly women sitting naked surrounded by books, revelling in all the unconventional beauty of her old age."

The exhibition's been extended to 6th April though, so if you're down in London do go and see a quilt in an unexpected place.- it's free.

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Spirit of Womanhood Exhibition gets a Life Quilt

Thank you for all the people who have tuned into this post just recently.  If you would like to know more about why there is a naked older lady on this quilt and what it is about, you can use this link  It's been designed to be taken at face value, but there's an awful lot more to discover if you have the time.

 Life 4 - "Hello Dear, What Did You Do Today" has been selected by
Roxane Zand, Sotheby’s, Amy Mechowski, currently Sotheby’s Institute, previously Curator at V&A, Andrew Gwilliams, White Cube, and Len Massey, RCA, to be part of the Spirit of Womanhood Exhibition at the Oxo Tower, South Bank, London in March
I'm absolutely thrilled as quilts weren't an option in the submission details, but they allowed me to submit them as the surface was painted as well as stitched, appliqued etc., and also, I'd sort of forgotten that I'd entered it - I think it was sometime back in July.  Although it's probably not very modest of me, I have to admit to a certain amount of skipping and joyous bouncing at the news.
If you'd like to see it if you're in London, and give a rousing cheer for art quilts in general, the Exhibition will open to the public 20th - 30th March 11.00-18.00 at galleries@OXO, South Bank, London.
The Exhibition Private View is 18.30 on Tuesday 25th March, Opened by Melvin Bragg. 

WIN is running an associated Festival Day ‘Voices of Womanhood’ in conjunction with Women’s Voices Now film archival 10.00-22.00 at the Roxy Bar and Screen.

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Life 4 - Hello Dear, What Did You Do Today?

The quilt is now sold. Images of the quilt will shortly be available on tea towels, aprons, cards etc. Please contact Annabel on annabelrainbow@yahoo.com direct if you would like to purchase.  (We -Laura Kemshall and myself - are just in the process of printing, and everything will be on the website shortly)

 Life 4 - "Hello Dear, What Did You Do Today" has been selected by
Roxane Zand, Sotheby’s, Amy Mechowski, currently Sotheby’s Institute, previously Curator at V&A, Andrew Gwilliams, White Cube, and Len Massey, RCA, to be part of the Spirit of Womanhood Exhibition at the Oxo Tower, South Bank, London in March

If you'd like to see it if you're in London, and give a rousing cheer for art quilts in general, the Exhibition will open to the public 20th - 30th March 11.00-18.00 at galleries@OXO, South Bank, London.

The Exhibition Private View is 18.30 on Tuesday 25th March, Opened by Melvin Bragg. 

WIN is running an associated Festival Day ‘Voices of Womanhood’ in conjunction with Women’s Voices Now film archival 10.00-22.00 at the Roxy Bar and Screen.

Life 4 - Hello Dear, What Did You Do Today?

53" x 38" (without binding)

Quilt over chair - English piecing over papers, applique, stitch, paint.

The words on the body of the lady say:

"Well dear, I worried. I had coffee this morning. Coffee is the second most valuable legal commodity after oil but is largely grown by subsistence farmers and I forgot to buy Fair Trade.

Then I took our grandchildren to school. Did you know that 90% of all childcare still rests on women’s backs.

On the way to the hated supermarket to buy food, I saw that lady from the house by the park in her burkha who everyone says is lonely and abused but can’t tell the police in case her family is deported, and thought about the veiling and seclusion of women and the cult of virginity and the death penalty for women’s adultery, and tried to imagine what it was like to be killed with stones.  I thought of rape and how under Shar’ia law a rape victim needs four male witnesses to substantiate her testimony. In the west we might just say she’s making the whole thing up. I thought how rape could end if men just stopped doing it.

Then I had my hair done and looked in the mirror and saw how old I was. When you get old you cease to exist, people just don’t seem to see you any more. Perhaps I should lose weight or wear high heels to make me taller and show off my legs. Perhaps my nose needs altering or I could get my ears pierced or my teeth whitened. This made me think of trying to look nice and how odd this was when 140 million women have been circumcised and cruelly mutilated because it reduces libido and prevents promiscuity.   No, I’ll just bleach and perm my hair and put on false eyelashes and shave my legs and pad my bra, and file and paint my toenails. I’d best skip lunch or I’ll get fat.

I pottered about the garden and planted some lettuce. I thought of the women who make up over 50% of the world’s population yet only hold the title to 1% of the land, and produce more than half it’s food.  They work 2/3rd of the worlds working hours but receive 10% of the world’s income.

Then I paid a visit to that frail neighbour who The Meals On Wheels lady told me about. She’s seems sad and alone because her family have had to move to search for work and she’s frightened and doesn’t want to go into residential care but she’s in the system and she thinks no one is listening.

Then I collected the grandchildren from school and took them to cubs and ballet and thought of childbearing and the way fertility can be controlled, and the 35% of all Puerto Rican women that were sterilized by the US Agency for Development.

Then I came home to do the cleaning and the cooking, sort out the clothes and do the washing, and remembered what the Ladybird books taught me in school. 

“Here we are at home says Daddy.
Peter helps Daddy with the car, and Jane helps Mummy get the tea. 
Good girl, says Mummy to Jane. You are a good girl to help me like this.”

When I had our children I worked part time for 20 years without sick pay or a pension and tried to nurture everyone in sickness and life, and help keep them fed and educated.  If an Englishman’s home is his castle why doesn’t he clean it. Only 3% of PLC directors in Britain are women and only 4% of judges. 78% of all clerical workers are women, but only 11% are managers.

Then I started to work on my quilt, and you’re reading it now. Women artists only earn 1/3 of male artists. So I stopped and made your tea.  That’s how I spent my day, dear, how about you?"