I posted this image of Life 4 - "Hello Dear, What Did You Do Today" some while back. It marked a big step forward in my work, and is the first attempt I'd made to put my own words onto one of my quilts.
Obviously putting life models onto a quilt causes some reactions. Some people love them, and some hate them. I'm aware that they can be challenging. Magazines have asked to do interviews about my work, but haven't wanted to publish pictures, Pinterest have the quilt image below widely splashed across their boards, and I've read deeply unpleasant and unkind remarks about it, but I've also read some very supportive and kind comments too.
All this had led me to moan a bit now and then. In September the wonderful Laura and Linda Kemshall got in touch with me and asked me to do a video interview with them about my quilts for their stonking DMTV programmes. I was delighted to be given a voice, and they produced two wonderful episodes. I was thrilled and honoured and I felt it marked a turning point in my quilts' acceptance.
Also, this month, after interviewing me in October at the "Through Our Hands" (www.throughourhands.co.uk) exhibition in Leamington Spa, the Quilters Guild have published an article about my work. This also marks a huge step forward and puts art quilting - and life studies - to the fore. It may cause a negative reaction too I suppose but I hope not. So a huge thank you to them to for being open minded and forward thinking.
Then just as all is going well, yesterday, 4 or 5 kind souls wrote to me to say that the images of this quilt had been removed from Pinterest. They have a no nudity policy, but this is for photos I think, and art work is exempt, but not mine it appears! Probably it's the result of a complaint. Can I just also say a thank you to the authors, and for all the others who have written to offer support. All the comments are here but the relevant ones about Pinterest, I've copied out below: