October 27, 2017
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I love it! I so envy your imagination. Send me some….lol
Wow! Lovely, and really visually compelling. I find myself following the quilting lines, to see where they lead…
I think this may be a dumb question, but is a quilt like this ever used for warmth? I’m guessing not- some of the concepts would put some heavy inputs into dreams-but there is some small Okie part of my psyche that, while it rejoices in the celebration and power of quilting as an art form, doesn’t want the artistry to strip the object from its function. I love that so many of traditionally female crafts can comfortably exist on both the planes of high art and practicality, and rebel in my own making life at the idea that something I create for someone is somehow “too good to use”. For me, that feels like a failure. I want my stuff to be so good you can’t NOT use it, both aesthetically and functionally. But I also get the fear that functional use of an item can diminish and eventually destroy (wear out) its the newly completed perfection/beauty.
Still, the most beautiful quilts (clothing, pottery, tools) I’ve seen have been the ones that survive through history, wearing their owner’s stories and travails like a fine patina.
Good question! Oh, yes, all of my large quilts are quite use-able as quilts. Maintaining that quality is one of the principles of my practice. And I do use some of them in my home when they aren’t out on exhibit. So in some ways they also change over time due to the use.
I love that you did big stitch hand quilting on this. It adds another layer of personalization (if this isn’t a word already, it ought to be) to an already very powerful and personal quillt.
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