In December, I was interviewed by Jake Finch, of Quilter’s Home Magazine for an article about controversial quilts. That article is now published in the March issue. It hit the newstands this week.
Because I renewed my subscription in December, I wont get this issue in the mail as I had thought. I am waiting for my son and another friend to send me copies.
The REAL controversy is that JoAnn fabrics has decided to not carry this issue of the magazine. They think it is too controversial, too risque’. They have already heard from me. I was polite, but honestly, I think they are making a mistake. We spend alot of personal and business dollars there….. and it makes me rethink how much I will spend there in the future. I can just as easily buy online. I am not boycotting the store, just thinking I dont need to spend as much there as I normally would. Think they care? I seriously doubt it.
Anyway, if you want to read more about the issues, go to Mark Lipinski’s blog to read what he has to say.
What I have to say is I am SO FRICKEN PROUD to be in the company of these other artists. I am beyond excited….. and I havent even read the article!
Here are the other artists and links to their work:
God of Our Silent Tears and Southern Heritage/Southern Shame by Gwendolyn Magee
I Remain by Randall Cook
Jesus Get Your Gun by Shawn Quinlin
Helping Hand by Mary Beth Bellah
The L Word by Diane Johns (I couldnt find a link for this one, sorry)
And even though most of you have seen it before, here is my quilt, “Uncertainty”, along with the artist’s statement that helps explain it.
The Yoni Quilt Challenge was a challenge for QuiltArt list members.
For those that dont know, Yoni is a Hindu word for vagina.
Now for those that know me well….. well, let’s just say they were shocked that I would consider participating in this challenge. My sister asked “well, why not your ELBOW??” which is the same thing everyone pretty much wanted to know. The true challenge for me was the subject, initially. Once I got past that, it was easy. Maybe it was timing…. as my Mom died in August of last year. So, here is what I did.
Artist Statement for “Uncertainty”:
Dimensions: 19” wide X 20” high
Uncertainty makes me want to crawl in a hole.
Crawl back to my Mother’s arms.
Crawl back inside her Yoni.
Mother’s love is the one constant in life.
My Mother is gone.
Uncertainty is the one constant in life.
Materials and Techniques Used: commercial fabrics, Quilter’s Dream batting, Aleene’s Tacky Glue, Prismacolor watercolor pencils, Liquitex fabric medium, PermaCore and MaxiLok threads. Raw edge appliqué, watercolor drawing on fabric, machine quilting on Gammill Classic.