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Tuesday, 25 May 2010

When is a quilt not a quilt????

When is a quilt not a quilt????    I am interessted in others perspectives.



I have just finished a piece for the Naracoorte town council art show on the theme "Men in their sheds".  I began by taking photos which I printed on fabric and appliqued to a backgound. This I then quilted with uneven wadding placing more behind the photos than in between. I then stitched on various objects both conventional like beads and buttons and less conventional like screws and biro lids. This was then stretched over a wooden frame - and further objects added with nails, hooks, superglue (onto plain buttons preplaced for this purpose).

Tony says that from a distance it looks like vomit but when you get close in it is interesting ... what do you think? I think I have capured some of the mess in the shed but is it art? (By the way Tony is the most wonderfully supportive quilting husband - just honest in his comments.)



The piece is called "Spray the weeds - not my flowers" because that is what the owner was concerned about a friend doing, while I was taking the photos.  For me it was also a metafor of his view of everything there.

8 comments:

  1. I'd call that fiber art..not a quilt. Very creative, but not something I could sleep under!

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  2. barbara Arnelien26 May 2010 at 07:09

    Of course this is an Art quilt..and not the traditional quilt..BUT..wish I had your insite. It will draw MUCH attention,which it should.Congratulations,Barbara

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  3. Lovely QUILT! while I would not want to sleep under it, I am drawn to the inspiration. What an interesting blend of mediums. Def. a one of a kind. men and their sheds and the women who love to quilt for them. you need your own show! cw

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  4. Love the liberated look at men and their sheds! Thanks for the post! ..and the smile it brought!

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  5. Very cool quilt! Love the imagination used in making it! :)

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  6. I'd say it's definitely an art quilt! There are no strict definitions as far as I can tell. I guess you could say it's fiber art too.

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  7. That is an interesting topic and I see there are some that agree with me. I see a lot of "winners" at quilt shows that are more "wall art" than quilts. Even quilted wall are is still wall art but I come from an era where quilts were made to sleep under.

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  8. This is wonderful. I would not sleep under it though. It would make a wonderful wall hanging.

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