Friday, September 1, 2017

Presidential Fabrications

As I said in a previous post, my FiberWorks group's theme for this year's show is Wild Fabrications, to be interpreted anyway we choose.....wild fabrics, wild animals, wild ideas, etc. I chose to use the definition of fabrication as a lie or untruth. Anyone who knows me knows how very unhappy I am with our present President. I was shocked that he was elected after all the venom and lies that spewed from his lips during the campaign and even more shocked that there are people who still support him. Every time I see him on television and listen to what he has to say, my stomach turns. I fear for our country with him at its helm.

I have no political affiliations. I am neither Democrat nor Republican. I am not a sore loser who was disappointed that Hillary didn't get in. I am just so upset that he did.

It was quite cathartic for me able to make this quilt. I used quotes by several presidents that were lies or misrepresentations. Trump has the most on this quilt, but in all fairness I couldn't ignore some famous quotes by past presidents.



I printed the quotes onto chartreuse fabric and then fused those to three different green and black stripes or prints. I buttonholed all around them before the quilting was done. The quilting was done by free-motion quilting in the form of words or sentences. They ranged from the silly, such as "Liar, liar, pants on fire" or "It's a sin to tell a lie" to the more serious such as "One lie is enough to question all truths" or "Truth exists, only lies are invented".


Here are few details of the Presidential quotes and the quilting. If you click on each picture You will get a much bigger view.








I used a marking pen that I didn't know existed. It is Frixion, by Pilot. I drew all the guide lines using a yardstick and then wrote all my words. After the quilting the pen marks come out with just a touch of an iron. I was so glad that one of my FiberWorks friends told me about it. I was going to use a blue marker that comes out with water, but was afraid that some of my hand-dyes would run. 



I quilted it by rolling up the quilt from left to right and then unrolling it as I went along.


I took it to the ironing board after each line to re-roll it and start again.

So, tell me what you think. Have any of you made a political statement quilt?  This was my first.

I am linking up with "Off the Wall Friday".

14 comments:

Margarita Korioth said...

Very powerful piece Norma. Thanks for sharing!

ann said...

Since Trump began running for office, I have NO time to quilt because I spend all of my time as an activist.
This is a link, but did not paste properly. However, please take some effort to go there. It is truly worth the work to see what the Nobel Prize Winners think about the dire state of our planet as it relates to Trump.

https://www.ecowatch.com/nobel-prize-winners-trump-2479977875.html?utm_source=EcoWatch+List&utm_campaign=644a5c580a-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_49c7d43dc9-644a5c580a-86082125

ann said...

Sorry. Forgot to tell you it is also posted on my Face Book page.
https://www.facebook.com/ann.ruthsdottir

quiltedfabricart said...

This is so cool - I love it! And I like that you are an equal opportunity quilter as far as presidents go. I don't know of many politicians that don't lie so the fact that our current president who is not a politician and is the worse liar of all surprises me but the truth is in the telling ( or the lying) lol!

Heather Pregger said...

Norma, this a very powerful quilt. I especially like the quilting. Great piece!

Cathy Perlmutter said...

Well done!

Linda M said...

I have not made a political statement quilt, but you've made a very powerful piece and I think it's great.

Gwyned Trefethen said...

The chartreuse color choice is brilliant (pun intended). It helps put those iconic lies front and center. Your choice of quilting makes for a wonderful background statement.

Madalene Axford Murphy said...

Well said and well done, Norma. We cannot learn to accept the lies. Last winter I did a very small abstract political piece that I titled "Hope, Regardless," that sold the first time I showed it. It felt good to make it.

nancy buonamassa said...

So creative and of course talented!!!

Helen from Hobart said...

So impressed with your writing quilting - clear, contrasting colours and above all legible.
I bet you felt much better after finishing this.

Deb Thuman said...

I had to make angry art after the inauguration. Fortunately, art is healing - or I'd still be screaming. When I read that you included lies by other presidents, my first thought was: Your president is not a crook.

Eleanor Levie said...

Norma, please submit pictures and statement for this quilt to our website, UnitedWeQuilt.com.
It is an important expression, speaking truth to power, and we will do it proud. -- Eleanor Levie

Sarah said...

I agree with your other comments, it is a very powerful piece! Your interpretation of the title is very clever too. In the uk we watched the news with disbelief when he was elected, but let's be honest we also have our fair share of politicians past and present who lie!