Thursday, 1 October 2015

Life Story Tea Towels are back in stock! £12 plus a bit towards p&p

The Life Story tea towels are back in stock here!! and can be bought on line. They cost £12 plus a bit towards p&p. There are 6 different designs.  Aprons are also available to order - please just ask.

Printed in beautiful full colour on high quality half panama fabric from the original quilt
Each tea towel measures 65cms x 46cms. (Cotton Half Panama has a single warp thread and a double weft thread. This heavy fabric is mostly used for interior designs, but is great for a tea towel!)

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

The Book Is Here!! Here's a quick look at what's inside

Well not all of it obviously, but here's a few pages to tempt you. It's on sale at £10 plus p&p. You'll need to visit the Through Our Hands website by clicking here, or come and see us at Festival of Quilts 6/9th August, NEC, Birmingham, UK. It'll be on line in a couple of days.

Sunday, 17 May 2015

The Liberated Quilt - some pictures

 Laura and I were beyond thrilled at seeing the new Through Our Hands, The Liberated Quilt exhibition at Bilston opening yesterday.

We've both put in such a lot of hard work on this and it was pure joy to see such interesting and different work, from the 24 international artists, that we were quite blown away!  The work was incredible - such a high standard - with new and interesting ideas with each piece.

The opening was yesterday afternoon, and we had about 100 visitors who came to have tea, cake and chat.  You can see Michala Gyetvai and Alicia Merrett getting ready for the afternoon in the photos - they were doing demonstrations and talking about their work.

I don't want to give too much away here - but you won't be disappointed if you make the effort to get to Bilston, which is a fabulous gallery, large, white walled, with lots of natural daylight and space.

Here's another first for you!  Performance dyeing.  Laura and I climbed a stepladder to start the dyes running through Clare Smith's pojagi piece called Bitter Harvest.  Over the course of the exhbition, the dyes will run and merge making some fabulous effects. Look at closely, you can see some beautiful patterns happening around the stitching and patterning in the cloth.

The artists taking part are: Annabel Rainbow, Alicia Merrett, Sandra Meech, Linda Colsh, Bethan Ash, Els van Baarle, Olga Prins-Lukowski, Bente Vold Klausen, Bobbie Britnell, Deidre Adams, Sue Benner, Jette Clover, Eszter Bornemisza, Claire Smith, Dijanne Cevaal, Elizabeth Barton, Linda Barlow, Mirjam Pet-Jacobs, Michala Gyetvai, Jeanne Williamson, Sara Impey, Susan Lenz, Laura Kemshall, Linda Kemshall.  How's that for a line up!!

And just in case you thought you'd hang on for the Festival of Quilts, well, we have a whole new show coming there, so this is your one and only chance to see some of the best makers in the world strutting their stuff!

Saturday, 31 August 2013

Update on quilt censorship

I thought I'd write another posting just to let you know that I've heard from Mancuso.

They will not return the quilt before the end of the planned showing.

They say they have not had a complaint, but had always planned to show the quilt in a booth right from the start. It was never planned to show it out in the open. 

" We made a decision, not due to any complaint, to have your artwork displayed in a separate booth with plenty of space for private viewing and not just behind a black curtain as described."

This had apparently been discussed with the UK organizer and agreed. Mancuso thought I'd been consulted, but no one mentioned it to me at any point. I  wouldn't have let the quilt go if that was the option.

To me it's still censorship. Mancuso says it isn't. They say....

"Perhaps other groups or exhibitions that may have juried out this work in the past took the easy road and censored your work at the point of jurying, but we decided to include it."

And finally, 

"Annabel, when Michelangelo completed The Last Judgment in the Sistine Chapel in 1541, it was the talk of Rome. It caused much controversy and only a few years later Pope Paul IV and the Council of Trent decided to completely paint over and create a new fresco. However, another level-headed Renaissance artist stepped in and convinced the Pope to paint in the now infamous fig leaves. This story has become a large part of art history and is still talked about more than 450 years later.

Perhaps Peter & I will remove the “fig leaves” and exhibit your artwork at the next venue out in the open."

There is nothing I can do to get my quilt back early. The hanging was agreed before sending - just not with me!  Whether or not the quilt goes back behind the curtaining, is largely up to you America.

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Update on quilt censorship in the States.

I have to say a tremendous thank you to the many many emails, and comments left on this blog, Laura's blog, and Facebook pages.  I understand that it went viral and is still causing concern and indignation in places all around the world. It's been talked about on Yahoo groups, Quilt chat forums and even by publishers and writers of our best quilting magazines and 2 Quilters Guilds.

I thought you might like an update.  I'd love to give you one, but as yet I have had no reply from Mancuso at all despite sending two requests for the return of the quilt; not an acknowledgment, courtesy email, nothing.

What I have had is one or two emails from the UK organizer for Mancuso, who says, and I quote:

I am sure that for future shows the present issue can be resolved amicably between you and the Mancusos. The entry rules which you have signed do state that the quilt must be available for all four quilt shows and must be shipped and returned through the International Coordinator, (me in this case). 
My reply:

Well, I'm still waiting to hear from the Mancusos. Nothing can be resolved amicably unless they get in touch.  There may well be wriggle room - we're getting into legal speak here and I suspect I could argue that putting a quilt behind a black cloth isn't putting a quilt on "display."  
 So, do you think I'll get a reply from Mancuso?  Do you think there might be an apology or a moments concern for the artists feelings or wishes? Do you think they'll carry on regardless and just send the quilt back when they've finished?  
I only entered this quilt because the organizer sent out an email asking for entrants because the show was low on entries.   I wanted to support the UK.  I won't do it again, and I would urge everyone thinking of sending to this show, to act with caution.  We have to sign these forms if we wish to enter competitions, and we probably all know we shouldn't do so if we're not happy, but we take a chance and hope that those involved will be reasonable and considerate if there's a problem.   Is the $1,000 prize money really worth that much these days when quilts - if you add up the cost of materials and hours in making them - can cost more than that to make anyway??

Be very aware of what you're signing away; they're a business,  and your worth is perhaps only expressible in dollar signs.

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Grrrr. Censored in World Quilt by Mancuso

Apparently you can now only view my quilt currently touring the States behind a black curtain.

Nobody had the good manners to tell me of course. I have written to ask for it back.