I’ve written so much about my How To Keep Your Husband quilt as I was making it, that I’m not sure I have much else to say about it.
Although I do feel like I’m in such good company with the women who owned the hankie that inspired the quilt, the women who made and kept the linens and hankies I used in the quilt and the quotes of the women whose words are on it.
I do like what Jon wrote about it on his blog yesterday including this paragraph which gives words to the quilt that I didn’t have…..
“It is so ambitious, it has such a wide range. It speaks to her own evolution as a woman and an artist and feminist, and it speaks to the long, seemingly eternal struggle of women for the right to live their lives as they wish, not as men wish for them.”
It’s an important piece for me and it does speak from my heart and my anger, hopefully in a “just” and “beautiful” way as Marge Piercy would say.
A few people suggested that the quilt is so personal I should keep it for myself. But I believe, as the feminists artists of the 1970’s did, that the personal is political. And I alway hope that my art will go out into the world and live its life in the company of the someone who connects to it as I do and finds meaning in it through their own life experience.
Also, making and selling my art is how I make a living. I need to sell my work if I’m going to keep creating.
My “How To Keep Your Husband” Quilt is 75″x84″ and is $500 + $20 shipping.
And you can read all about the quilt from the first cut and stitch here.