Monday, January 12, 2015

Quilting Paris: Make Art, Not War

Of course I am supposed to be working on something else entirely, but the horrifying events of last week in Paris are very much on my mind. While plowing through one of my fabric stash boxes looking for a quilt  backing, I came across this.
It looked at me, and I looked at it. Of course, it made me think of the Charlie Hebdo massacre on January 7. 

In the very same storage box, I had also flipped past some Eiffel Tower fabric.

So the next thing you know, whatever it was I was working on was abandoned, and I frantically made this: 

Over the next few days, in l'esprit d'escalier. I corrected the French, added some faceted black glass beads, a round fleur-de-lis badge, and a bottle of pseudo-Maneschewitz, the latter to memorialize those murdered in a kosher grocery store. 
The lettering and the badge are rubber stamped; the rest are commercial fabrics. 

The typewriter looks a lot like the one my father, a writer, used for most of his life. Several of the cartoonists killed were of my Dad's generation. It's terrible to think about their decades of provocative and irreverent speech and political satire, silenced. 

If you make art about Charlie Hebdo, I'd love to see it. 

UPDATE: Jean wrote me to suggest I look at the new cover of the New Yorker. It's even more succinct. 




25 comments:

  1. So beautiful. The universe is speaking to you through fabric; and you listen. Merci!

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  2. As usual, very artistic and right up your alley! Wonderful.

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  3. Sometimes, getting stuff out of our systems is as important as breathing. Brava! to you for making it happen... and I love the results!

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  4. art speaks...visual impact is very good, Kathy

    Kristin

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  5. sorry for spelling your name incorrectly...hit send without checking

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    1. No problemo! Although there are violent differences between Kathys and Cathys, we struggle to resolve them peacefully.

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  6. The idea came into your mind and the materials were at hand. God gave you the ability to express yourself and to use your art as your voice. Bravo! May the lovers of free speech and expression be stronger than the hands of oppression!

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  7. Very cleverly done. Truly inspired.

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  8. sounds like this piece was meant to be -- I can't speak to your French, but I totally support the sentiment!

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  9. This is absolutely perfect! Only you would have both La Tour Effiel and a typewriter. Nous sommes Charlie.
    Marla

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  10. What a wonderful quilt with an important message.

    Je suis Charlie!

    --Toni in Milwaukee

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  11. Hi Cathy. I've been thinking hard about making a piece Je Suis Charlie. Thanks for showing yours. Very excellent response to such a sad world situation. - Lucky

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  12. Thank you, Norma, Bev, Anonija and Susan. Susan, if you make a piece please let the Quiltart list know - I would love to see it.

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  13. Cathy, you rock. We needed you to inspire a reaction with our art. I think you've started a huge advocacy effort here...

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  14. Thank you, Ellie. Yes, we should flood terrorists with peace quilts. Or maybe send them fabric and sewing machines? Why would they want to massacre people when they could be quilting instead?

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  15. I agree with @Bev...that quilt was meant to be! Coming across the pencil fabric was a message to you...that you received and embraced...love it!

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  16. awe, Cathy, I like you so much. LeeAnna at not afraid of color

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  17. Thank you for sharing. It captures the message and memory perfect.

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  18. Cathy you are incredible. Creativity and sensitivity at its best!

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  19. Thank you all for your lovely comment. Much appreciated.

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