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Thread: Contoversial quilt story on MSNBC...what do you think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    Since when did a quilt show become the Awareness showcase for all social ills? I go to a quilt show for escape of the world's stresses not to be reminded of them at every corner. How depressing to sit and study the subject intent of this quilt and who would want to?
    I have the same opinion.

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    First off I never watch MSNBC, not my type of network. I would not waste my time looking at "art quilts". Everyone would like to make fools out of everyone, not playing those games.

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    Perhaps instead of spending all that time planning, creating, and getting the quilted qualified for the "show", the artist (?) should have spent the time actually DOING something practical for homeless / abused women.

    Now, that would have made a statement relative to the issue.

    Instead, the artist prefers an "in your face" message.

    I agree completely with BellaBoo and merry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gabrielle's Mimi
    A non-quilting male friend just sent me this link to a story about a newsworthy quilt in a quilt show. Apparently there was an uproar over the fact that it depicted a naked woman in more detail that one might expect on a quilt...hard to tell, though, since MSNBC blocked it out on the video. I have not seen the quilt, but first impression is that art is art, and we ought to let people express themselves without censure. More importantly, however, is that this quilt depicts the plight of a homeless pregnant woman literally stripped of all she owns. Since we are women who should be concerned about the plight of homeless, victimized women, perhaps we should be more upset about the ramifications of homelessness on women and children, and less worried about body parts, which presumably, most of us own. IMHO, I think the artist is trying to shock us into paying attention and solving the problem of poor women in this country and around the world. What do you think?

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540...79136#41779136


    What about sculptures? Have we not on federal and state properties ancient/ Greek sculptures and fountains that are on public display ( showing female and male genitals/ breasts), as of which, I remember studying in High school.
    Paintings, sculptures, and other forms of art are part of our freedoms and history.
    If the quilt show does not have a rule about such a quilt, walk on by if offended. Unless, you're just one of those people that are just looking for something to fuss about or perhaps just jealous of another ones talent.

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    Gabrielle's Mimi, Sorry if I misspelled your name. I have a very short memory. I agree anyone can design a quilt anyway they want, but personally, I wouldn't want something like that in my home. With the kids coming home with the grands and great grands, I think it would be rather unbecoming....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S
    Why would a quilt be any different than a Painting...? People have been painting and sculpting naked people for .... thousands of years. Why would a fiber artist be held to narrow subject matter that is exculusionary .
    EXACTLY!!!!I could go on andon .And let alone all of the sex pushed on everyone on regular television. This quilt is art not smut.

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    Quote Originally Posted by merry
    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    Since when did a quilt show become the Awareness showcase for all social ills? I go to a quilt show for escape of the world's stresses not to be reminded of them at every corner. How depressing to sit and study the subject intent of this quilt and who would want to?
    I have the same opinion.
    Why can't it be? We use art in all forms/mediums to communicate and evoke emotion. Should we never have sad songs? Or only photos of happy moments in time?

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    Art is art. This quilt is beautiful, in its design and in its message. Nobody is asking anyone else to "like" it. Homelessness isn't really something to "like".

    Quote Originally Posted by MCH
    Perhaps instead of spending all that time planning, creating, and getting the quilted qualified for the "show", the artist (?) should have spent the time actually DOING something practical for homeless / abused women.

    Now, that would have made a statement relative to the issue.

    Instead, the artist prefers an "in your face" message.

    I agree completely with BellaBoo and merry.
    The artist DID do something - she got US all talking about homelessness, didn't she? How many people were reminded of the reality of homelessness by her message? ALL OF US, for sure. For a group that gives so much to charity we sure are judgmental about how others choose to contribute.

    Not everyone is into fussy cutting kittens or sewing 5000 tiny pieces of cotton together into a grid that makes your hands hurt to look at it (which is what I'm doing right now). Some people quilt with a different message in mind, which we should still honor for its artistic contribution and the craftsmanship displayed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    Since when did a quilt show become the Awareness showcase for all social ills? I go to a quilt show for escape of the world's stresses not to be reminded of them at every corner. How depressing to sit and study the subject intent of this quilt and who would want to?
    I'll bet it's not nearly as depressing to sit and study this quilt as it would be to actually be homeless.

    Sometimes people *need* offended and shocked out of their safe little middle class world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    Since when did a quilt show become the Awareness showcase for all social ills? I go to a quilt show for escape of the world's stresses not to be reminded of them at every corner. How depressing to sit and study the subject intent of this quilt and who would want to?
    So I'm guessing when you see scrap quilts you don't recall that our foremothers sewed them because they were trying to keep their families warm with their bare hands and a pile of rags?

    A lot of the traditional quilts you see on this site every day invoke stories of times past, and not all of them were "happy fun times." We pass around Civil War and depression-era FQs like they're the latest thing, but they aren't - they are reminders of a time when quilting might have been a woman's only way to tell her story, or warm her child, or bury her husband.

    I choose to honor our history when I quilt. It's fine not to think about it that way, but dishonest to pretend it isn't there.

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