F**k the Patriarchy (Language Warning) by Coralquilts

Summary

Category:
Quilting
Pattern:
Quilt talk
Status:
Complete
Started:
2015-01-14T00:00:00Z
Finished:
2015-06-05T00:00:00Z
Tutorial:
None

Description

This quilt is for a social commentary fabric exhibition to hopefully occur in Canberra in late 2015 or 2016 organised by Bee & Lotus Textiles.

For a long time, I've thought about feminism in quilting today (as one does). Although a traditionally feminine domestic craft like quilting would likely to seem to be un-feminist, or even anti-feminist, to many outsiders, I have come to the conclusion it is actually a seriously feminist statement. In today's day and age, women are expected to "have it all" and be everything to everyone else, but what they don't get is any time to themselves. While quilting produces a product that may be given to someone out of love or caring, the process of quilting itself actually allows women to take time for themselves. Crafts have been shown to be extremely therapeutic, and when a woman decides that she is going to do one of these crafts it's saying "My wants, needs and what I like to do are important too".

As part of this dialogue I've been having with myself, I was inspired by the popular subversive cross stitch patterns, which use traditional counted cross stitch for extremely untraditional sayings or text. I thought about making a super feminine traditional style wall hanging, with a modern feminist statement.

Towards the end of last year, there was much more attention in the media of women being killed or harmed by their partners. After hearing about several high profile incidents in both the USA and Australia, I found out that quilter and pattern maker Pam Bono had been killed by her husband in a murder/suicide. He even killed her beloved bulldog. At this point, I was outraged. The only thing I could think was "FUCK THE PATRIARCHY".

This quilt is the synthesis of my anger over the fact that one woman a week in Australia and three women a DAY in the USA are killed by their partners. All proceeds from the potential sale of this quilt at the exhibition will be donated to a local women's shelter.

The letters are designed by Sam Hunter in her book "Quilt Talk".

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Comments

Aizome

I had not heard that news about Pam Bono. I do have a book of hers and am familiar with her. That is so tragic. I don't understand.

threadovmetal

This is going to rule! Sorry to hear about Pam Bono.

Caribousmom

Thanks for sharing your process on this...it is a powerful statement. I like when art is used to evoke emotion (positive or negative). The tragedy of domestic violence is one that needs this kind of attention.

Quiltedbrain

I love this on so many levels...for what you are using it to speak out against, for the subversiveness of the design and fabric choices vs. the statement you are making, and for the quality of work you have done. Thank you for sharing it and the story that accompanies it.

Coralquilts

Thanks everyone. I'm so pleased that people understand what I'm trying to do.

It's going to get paused for a little while since I'm off the USA and QuiltCon. I look forward to finishing it when I get back.

Seeneed

What a great idea to bring attention to an important subject. Have a great time at Quiltcon

True

Amazing quilt and an amazing statement...well done!

Caribousmom

Love it!

Juline

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I love the strong statement in the more traditional "girly" fabric.

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