Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Textile Arts - on facebook and in Australia

Before I began working on the Through Our Hands exhibition in Leamington Spa nearly 18 months ago, I started a Facebook group called Textile Arts

The idea was to show there was a following out there for quilts in art galleries rather than in shows.  I'm not alone in this view I know, but I wanted absolute proof that I could show to my own local gallery.  It quickly grew and my mission was successful.

Shortly after that I handed over the admin for the group to a lady called Neroli Henderson, and it's gone from strength to strength with about 5,000 followers.  Do go and have a look if you haven't as it's a great place to post your work.

The group has been so successful that one of the leading Australian magazines, Down Under Textiles, asked to do an article on it, and of course, Neroli gave the history including how the group started and why, and included images of my work.  I've just heard that they've done a beautiful article but haven't published any of my images.  Why?  The usual.

I confess I had thought the Ozzies were a bit more broad minded and understanding of these things than the Americans, but apparently not.

Because this blog seems to be just one long thread of such things at the moment, I'm taking a break from blogging in this format. If you'd like to keep up with the work and see how it develops, updates are on the website front page under Studio Blog.


Sunday, 8 June 2014

Life 13, The unProfessional Wife - body stitched.

Following a little bit of unkindness about Life 4 on an American Quilters forum, I'd like to move this comment I made from that posting to here, as it's worthy of mentioning again I feel.

" I also feel I'd like to say a word on behalf of the models. When people start to discuss work as if the maker doesn't exist that's one thing, but no one ever thinks about the wonderful models. Yes they are paid, but they've purposely put themselves out there in the hope that it will help their fellow women feel better about themselves and about how they look. I'm truly grateful for their courage and their willingness to support me, and I'd like to remind others that they are not faceless lumps but caring and thoughtful women trying to help their fellows in their own way."

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. 

Thursday, 5 June 2014

This is what happens when you go away for a couple of days.

Life 11 - Trolls

I've been away for a few days, which is a good thing.  Space gives you time to think, but even if you don't think, it gives time for your ideas to settle and congeal.

I thought I'd be tackling the "Roots" quilt next, but when I got home and checked the images, there's only one quilt in my mind.

I shall be starting it very soon, just as soon as the frame has been completed on Life 12- Murder.  I'm very excited - can't wait to start.

It's going to be called The unProfessional Wife, and I have found my angle, but am thinking about the words - another similar to Life 4 perhaps, although after reading these comments this morning on a quilt forum, I feel I should let the world know that:

I'm quite well adjusted. I'm reasonably calm and sensible, with - I hope - a fine sense of humour. Just saying.



Comments (of which there were many, many, nice ones to be fair, so don't feel sorry for me!!) I fint it's interesting, nothing more.



"ew. just No. We can celebrate all we want but some things are just not meant to be put on display."



"I clicked on the second link that someone had posted and cruised through the website looking at other quilts she has done. This lady seems like a very tortured soul, almost makes me feel bad for her. The close up pictures of some of the faces are very very creepy. Like the "haunt me in my dreams" kind of creepy."


"I hope she never does a nudist quilting bee scene. I showed this to a friend and their comment was "Psycho quilter, it will do that to ya, but woman are psycho anyway". Seriously though, my takeaway is that women have to be naked to get their opinions noticed and I find it disturbing and demeaning. A woman exploiting women, shame on her. Just my HO....should have posted a warning."

To each his own, and art (including art quilts) is quite subjective. But this piece does nothing for me. On the other hand art is designed to elicit an emotional response, and I did actually have one - - "ick". 


So, a little bit of unkindness about Life 4 on an American Quilters forum, I'd like to move this comment I made from a recent posting to here, as it's worthy of mentioning again I feel.

" I also feel I'd like to say a word on behalf of the models. When people start to discuss work as if the maker doesn't exist that's one thing, but no one ever thinks about the wonderful models. Yes they are paid, but they've purposely put themselves out there in the hope that it will help their fellow women feel better about themselves and about how they look. I'm truly grateful for their courage and their willingness to support me, and I'd like to remind others that they are not faceless lumps but caring and thoughtful women trying to help their fellows in their own way."