13 Aug

Zeitgeist at the World Quilt Show

Zeitgeist

 

This is the weekend! See Zeitgeist in the cloth at

World Quilt Show New England

August 15 – 18
Thursday, Friday, Saturday from 10am 0 6pm
Sunday from 10am – 4pm

At the Radisson Center of New Hampshire
700 Elm Street
Manchester, NH 03101

 

There are lots of other special exhibits, and vendors at the show too.

Unfortunately, I’m not up for the long drive to get there, but hopefully some more notheasterly friends and family will go be my stunt doubles.

10 Jun

Zeitgeist

Take the Grumpy Cat internet meme, add the decorative style of schizophrenic Victorian cat illustrator Louis Wain, and make it into a quilt. What do you get? A humorous commentary on the contemporary American zeitgeist.

Zeitgeist
(click it to embiggen a bit)

I can’t believe I haven’t posted this yet here. I got all excited and put it on Facebook, but I guess I didn’t follow through here. So, it’s all done, and entered into the World Quilt Show at the New England Quilt Festival in New Hampshire in August. I’ll know in about 10 days if it’s accepted or not. If not, I’ll enter it into Art Quilt Elements. If it does get accepted, then I wait until the end of August to see if it wins the chance to travel one of the quilt show circuits. If it doesn’t, then again, I go the art quilt route. Right now though, I think I’m ready to send it to the Grumpy Cat people. I was going to wait until after I got notice from the quilt show just in case a juror reads their website and might be swayed, but now I’m thinking that since there are no rules as to having shown the work anywhere previously, I should just share now while I’m excited and the cat is hot.

04 Apr

Zeitgeist

Take this:

Plus this:

And you get this:
Untitled

Internet memes are the soapbox for social commentary of the digital age. The Grumpy Cat meme has skyrocketed to internet stardom not least, I think, because she reflects current American cynicism over our economy, stagnating politics, and widening religious divides. Adding to the general gloom, there is an underlying craziness driving people to ever more polarizing views. “Zeitgeist” both mirrors and mocks this schizophrenic trend. In addition to appropriating the image of Grumpy Cat, the echoing lines of the quilt reference the work of Louis Wain, an early twentieth century illustrator known not only for his drawings of cats, but also for the increasing abstraction of them as he presumably battled mental illness — which makes a fitting backdrop to the pessimistic subject matter couched in the irony of a comforting quilt form.

 

So, this is what I’ve been working on for the past few weeks. I think the piecing is pretty much done, and now it’s ready for quilting and binding.