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Recently, I was watching a video about The City Quilter (a quilt shop in New York City ) and they made a comment about young girls coming into the shop as a "skipped generation".
I know with the educational system as it is, we cannot rely on it to teach them any domestic arts. I feel that as a result not only domestic arts suffer, but so does art in general. Just my humble opinion.
Since my 2 girls were about 8 years old, I have been trying my best to insure they: 1) know how to sew and 2) are motivated to sew.
This weekend, I had the pleasure and honour to assist my daughter with her OCAD University (Ontario College of Art and Design) thesis project involving her study of changing domestic arts and it's affect on relationships.
Mallory's above art quilt was first printed on fabric and then some elements were removed to actually tell more of the story. The bodies of the lady and girl are heavily thread painted and the aprons are stuffed to emphasize domesticity.
The picture above does not show the detail. There is an abundance of quilting and thread painting on the piece and I am happy to say that Mallory only needed some guidance, she clearly has a grasp of her machine and sewing skills learned a few years back.
If you have a creative skill, I encourage you to share with someone from the "skipped generation".
Happy Monday :)
See thread painting detail below:
10/19/2015 10:11:25 am
It truly is a lost generation and so sad. While not every ones chose of art form;to be able to sew or quilt is an art. Turning a piece of fabric into a garment, or a quilt is a gift and no one should be denied that ability.
10/19/2015 01:28:38 pm
It does not have to be sad! We all have the opportunity to teach that generation and let them run free. I didn't start quilting til I was 40 - there is time! Thanks for sharing this wonderful work! I am a member of the Victoria Modern Quilt Guild - it is new and fresh and run by the young'ins!
10/19/2015 03:04:04 pm
I agree we truly are the skipped generation. Thank you to my lovely mother for all the help. I truly get my artistic talents from my mom Robin. In addition; Thank you for posting this blog, it made my day and has really helped to inform my practice moving forward. Have a Great day, Happy Sewing.
10/19/2015 09:55:43 pm
Mallory, it is obvious that you paid close attention to your Mom's lessons. It is so sad that sewing is not longer part of our education system. THE highlight of my sewing life has been to teach a 20 something friend to sew. Now she is studying fashion design.
10/20/2015 12:01:32 am
I am so very grateful to have had cooking, woodworking, electronics, and sewing all mandatory classes 15 years ago. Especially since my mother did not like to sew. Unfortunately, I have not seen many schools since offer sewing .... I now have a 6 year old daughter who does a great job hand sewing and has completed over 5 projects in the last year. Our next venture will be the machine, but that scares me for her age. Heck, handing her a needle a year ago was terrifying... But I new I had to help nurture what has run in our family for years, the love of sewing. I am very proud to even say this weekend I will be handing my 4 year son a plastic mesh square type piece (For cross stitch perhaps?) and a plastic needle for him to experiment with his own artistic abilities! Everyone should know how to sew and should see if they enjoy!
10/20/2015 12:16:20 pm
Thank you Mary O'Neill For you kind comments, She taught me a lot ! Thanks again have a great day! happy sewing !
2/22/2016 10:27:58 pm
Mallory.....you did an fantastic job with this photo/quilted wall-hanging!! WOW!! I was totally amazed at the thread-painting you did! You are SO talented and awesome! Keep up the great work!
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