Friday, January 15, 2021
Thursday, January 14, 2021
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
"One thing was not censored: the power of women's hands." --Marjorie Agosin
Since last Wednesday, I've been thinking about Chilean arpilleras. Arpilleras are folk textiles now widely sold in South America to tourists. I have a number of them; my husband has worked extensively in various South American countries.
Arpillera is Spanish for "burlap" and refers to the backing used:
In the same year, the rock start Sting recorded his song: They Dance Alone. It is the true story of another artistic rebellion that Chilean women performed: they danced alone in a dance meant for couples called the Cueca. Even now, many women still dance the Cueca alone as a form of mourning their loved (and disappeared) family members. You can hear the song here. It remains one of the most haunting and powerful pop songs I have heard.
Throughout history, artists have depicted oppression and inhumanity in their works; I've spent most of my life studying this kind of artwork. Still powerful pieces such as Guernica--made by Picasso who had money and prestige for protection--pale in comparison to the courage of the women who sewed these humble pieces and risked everything to relay the inhumanity they endured.
I have been thinking about Chilean arpilleras this past week. How would I relay all the inhumanity, indifference, and immorality of the past 4 years which culminated in the seige of the Capitol? How would you?
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Monday, January 11, 2021
Today's story interested me for a couple of reasons. Our quilter today had worked most of his life as harness maker which sounds archaic but isn't as unusual as city dwellers assume. I remember visiting the urban neighborhood where my father grew up when my aunt pointed out where the horse troughs were (and that was in the 1930s and early 40s).
Another aspect that you might find interesting is Eilers decision to machine quilt. Machine quilting goes back much farther than most people assume. Our study group has examined 19th century machine quilted textiles.
So from Mansfield, Ohio, here is Henry's story:
Friday, January 8, 2021
Yes this week we need as much cheering up as possible!
It's Flower Friday!
71 days until the first day of Spring!
Here are some delights to brighten your day:
Thursday, January 7, 2021