Got Quilt Scraps?
Here’s a link to a great quilting idea from a blog I just discovered.
I have a little pile of fabrics that I fell in love with and three unfinished quilt tops, all waiting for me to do something with them … someday. When I saw this nifty project a lightbulb went off. I love the quilt she made, and am thinking that I could insert a few squares of my embroidery into a similar design.
I do not however, love the highly charged PC “discussion” from another blog, that her post referenced. OMG! Will there now be Eskimos complaining that there aren’t enough representations of them in someone’s art? Will Van Gogh’s paintings be criticized because he didn’t include any Eskimo children in his work? Should Hispanic/Irish/Welsh/Mixed-Whatever women like myself start to feel slighted because we’re not represented in someone’s fabric designs?
When your only tool is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.
Let artists be artists and don’t try to tell us which inspirations we should draw upon in our work. Completely cauchy gave an interesting comment on that discussion (which is linked to on her blog), but the whole idea of telling artists what they should use as subject matter makes me crazy, even discussing it makes me crazy.
Heather Ross (a person I’d never even heard of before I surfed across Cauchy’s blog) is now someone I feel needs defending from the PC police. Damn! If you’re not represented to your satisfaction in someone’s fabric designs, then make up your own fabric designs with fabric paint and applique. For goodness sake, you don’t have to use only commercially available fabrics. Commercial designers ( or any artist) shouldn’t be besieged by women crying, “Design for Me!” and “No! Design for ME!” or “Why can’t I see myself in your work? ” Hello people, … art is created by individuals, not by homogenized, Please-All committees.
Make your art individual and personal. Don’t complain ~ do something creative. Most new art movements start out as reactions to whatever went before … remember Impressionism? Remember the old saying, “No farmer ever plowed a field by turning it over in his mind.” We need do-ers, and makers, not whiners. BEE the change! Blogs are free, so show your work. Create what you don’t see out there. Fill the void. Get off your duffs and make something. Then sell what you make. If you’re really filling a vacuum, you may start something wonderful for yourself.
OK, now I need some iced coffee and cookies!
PS To make the original posts that set me off easier to find, one must first go to Cauchy’s post from January 17 … titled, deferred