Sunday, February 12, 2017

Something More Magical Than It Ever Was

Values such as 'making-do' and 'necessity' have been projected onto 19th century quiltmakers, but this demeaning idea has got to be re-evaluated. Nineteenth century women had access to a wide array of inexpensive materials as well as exhibition space in the form of huge well-attended fairs for their quilt art. It is my thesis that 19th century quiltmakers were artists and knew themselves to be. It's true that formal art education was not easily available to all women but I would suggest that it's also true that many of those women preferred (as I do) to work with cloth and thread. 

"If trends in visual and cultural studies and the so-called 'new art history' truly aim to revolutionize an understanding of the past, the aspirations and cultural productions of those women who worked in media heretofore outside the purview of mainstream art history - cloth and thread - must be taken into account." Janet Catherine Berlo
detail from reverse of Something more Magical Than It Ever was

God is alive

Magic is afoot

God is alive
Magic is afoot
God is afoot
Magic is alive
Alive is afoot
Magic never dies
Magic never fled
Magic always led

Leonard Cohen

And from February 13 2017
Michelle has given us this link.   

Four minutes of Leonard Cohen reciting the original.
Thank you Michelle for your friendship through the years of Judy's Journal. x

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