I have really enjoyed following the process of your quilt.....what you have written on the body is just awesome.....I just wanted to keep reading.......Cathy
I am speechless ... congratulations, as Cathy(above) says I just wanted to keep on reading.
Thank you very much. Better out than in as they say!!
Such a thoughtful, and thought provoking, piece!
Very Powerful, BRAVO! I absolutely love it!
Fantastic! By the third paragraph I was almost yelling out loud YES YES YES! What a wonderful piece of work. Humor, compassion, empathy, sarcasm and wonderful art. What more could an artist want of her work? Thank you so much for using your voice so aptly!
Wonderful!! Words and art!
So infuriating, frustrating and unfair, and I fear that it will not change, only get worse ..... but I loved the quilt.
Love it, thanks for sharing. I would love to see a close up of the words. Are they stitched? Printed? -Jeanette
There are close ups on the postings around this one Jeanette. The words are stitched - free machined in white thread - then painted over.
This is so amazing and incredible, one of the most powerful art pieces I've seen in a while! I'm an instant fan!
Brilliant. Beautiful. Moving. Blood-boiling. Thought-provoking. Thanks for making this. And despite all this, I'm glad I have the experience of being a woman.
Inspiring! Such powerful words. Get it sista friend!
Imcredibly inspiring, and aggravating and enlightening.....what a mental and emotional roller coaster......appropriate no??/
may i share this entry on my blog. I am not sure if http://fashionethos.blogspot.com or http://fashionrip.blogspot.com is the more suitable. If you have a preference let me know. Women working with issues through their art makes me proud of us all, deborah
Thank you Deborah, both for asking and for liking Life 4 sufficiently to be interested in passing it on.You may indeed link to my posting, although because of copyright issues, I would prefer that the image stayed on my blog and website.All the best, Annabelwww.annabelrainbow.com
Loved the honesty of the quilt and your writing.
saw you on DMTV and wanted to read your quilt. I love your work and to hear your message. My friend saw your first piece and really was wild for it. Now I have 3 others to show her. Thanks for speaking your mind.
Interesting article, and powerful images in the painting. All of this could have more impact if the sources for the statistics reported were cited somewhere. While some may not doubt their veracity at face value, the fact that many of them are rather round numbers has the effect of making them open to speculation. After all, 78% of stats (including this one) are made up on the spot.
To be fair anonymous, probably 98% don't care about the sources. It's a story stitched onto a quilt, and I'm afraid it's not an article as such. Thankyou for your comment though, I have replied to it on a posting. Please remember that all the quilts are stories, not essays or articles!
Only a man would need proof by source to be satisfied that these statistics are true. Even if they are rounded up they represent a great inequity that begs for correction. I am amazed that women still struggle for equality and sadly at the hands of both men AND women!
I wish I was so eloquent with words. You seem to be able to express not only what you are thinking and feeling, but what others are.
WOW, Your quilt looks and sounds wonderful. So glad I found your blog x
I was passing through Leamington Spa today and saw the exhibition. I love your quilt; the writing on her body, the books behind her on the shelf. so eloquent. Brilliant!
Wow! I viewed all of your galleries, beautiful pieces. I would love to know more about you but the "about me" selection is blank. Great work!
What a powerful message of truth and wisdom! Keep on keeping on, you have amazing ability in quilting and in the written word!Thank you
Annabel this is amazing work ... so stunning ... I hope to see it one day. Love, Carolyn x
This piece is brave and beautiful and it is an honour to look at it and to be able to congratulate the maker.Congratulations.xx
Hi i found your blog by pinterest. i wish your art could be heart from women in every language. so true, like it.Greetings from wiebke Germany
I also found your blog via pinterest. Jaw-dropping quilt for design and substance. Good to know I'm not the only one who crafts like that too lol. Thank you so much for sharing your work!
Wow, I just got a notice from Pinterest that my pin of this work had been removed. At first I thought it was because you preferred not to have it up there, which I fully understand. But, no, it was taken down because the image involved nudity! I sent Pinterest a blistering e-mail, telling them it was a quilt and not a human body, and if they were going to ban it then they should also be banning a significant number of famous paintings throughout the centuries. Somehow I would be surprised if I hear back and even more surprised it they put it back up there! Heh, keep up the good work, it's getting somebody's attention. :-)
I sure hope they don't remove my pins ; I also pinned Annabel's quilt to several of my boards.
Pinterest have a bit in their terms and conditions that state No Nudity. It's obviously difficult to enforce and what I think has probably happened is that someone has complained and they've removed the image. It happens all the time. Some of the comments I've had from people who pin on pinterest have been truly wonderful, but some have been dreadful. I gave up worrying about it long ago as you simply can't please everyone all the time. Thank you for your support and going to all the trouble to write - it's appreciated - but I think, like you, that it will go unheeded. Sorry I couldn't reply directly to you but you didn't leave an email address.
Pinterest also removed my pin of this quilt too! I say we flood them with questions! I love how they are protecting us from the form of an old woman when where are so many, many other body images that I am certain will remain up. I was a bit nicer in my response to them: Hi. I got a notice from you (Pinterest) today that you removed one of my art quilt pins. Your email said:"The pin was called "PAINTED QUILTS: Life 4 - Hello Dear, What Did You Do Today? - Read the text that's quilted into the woman's body." and it was on your board Quilts. "Your policy says:"Our no nudity policy applies to photographic images. It does not apply to illustrations, paintings, sculptures, etc. We do not allow nude photographic images that contain visible nipples, genitalia, and/or exposed buttocks."This was an art quilt of an old woman sitting at her sewing machine. It was not a photographic image. I believe it falls into the "etc" category of what your policy does not apply to. I don't see how the quilt could be considered a photographic image. Unless you are counting that it was a picture of a quilt. Which seems a wee bit legalistic. Could you please advise? Thank you
Thank you for the beautiful quilt. except for the breasts she has the same shape as I and it is the first time, I have looked upon a heavyset woman like myself an thought how wonderful she looked.
Annabel,thank you for sharing your work.You are an artist of the highest order in my view.The quilt is sensational in so many ways.It has made my day to share thisAnne
This work of art is totally amazing. You have so much tallent!It is sad that it was removed from pinterest, but fortunately, there are other media where it won't be removed. I hope it will be shown in quilt shows around the world.I wonder if the "David" would be removed from Pinterest?
This work of art is totally awesome. You are an amazing artist, in quilts and words!!! you have such great tallent.It is so sad that pinterest removed the quilt but there are so many other social media that it will be seen. I hope it will be entered into many quilt shows around the world. I wonder if Pinterest would remove the "David" should a picture of it be posted?
Thank you so much for your continuing support - it is wonderful! I've replied direct to you where I can but can I just add that the quilt can be seen as part of Through Our Hands (www.throughourhands.co.uk) at Festival of Quilts this summer. It has been sold, but the new owner has given permission to show it.
I just love you quilts, and I can't wait to see the next one.
Oh Annabel, that could be me sitting there! Wonderful piece of work in all sorts of ways.
Thank you for this wonderful quilt and text. You sure do capture the complexity of it all.....and still made a cup of tea. I love that you see injustice, and hold it in the context of living a life, apparently without becoming bitter. Sally Pooler
Just stumbled upon a photo of this quilt on Pinterest. Magnificent execution, and I laughed out loud!
A truelove inspirational quilt.
That brought goosebumps to my skin. Thank you!
Thankyou Anabel for this wonderful quilt and for detailing the quilting message. Although I am happy I was born female, what irks me most is how it renders you often invisible to others. Including other women! Which is a whole other quilt....
This is si true. We take care of our families, work , take care of all the ails. If our husbands are in the military, we shoulder all of the load. We try to save and earn and we comje hoe to face all the work to be done homeework, and try to ease the cares of our children. We go under paid and of the biggest job of all, wife and mother we see no relief. It is a 24 hour job and it is taken for granted.there aren't any atta boys. When we are at our tiredest we have other needs to be met and they can't understand why we can't respond to the sex and make them feel like the big hemen they seem to want to think they are. They come home from an 8 hour job and they get to rest and weekends are their time off and to rest up before that 8 hour job again and there are the moms and the women that still have that job to do. Their birthdays, anniversarys, holidays forgotten by everyone.they are just the mister nobodys that carries everyone forward. They say if a woman was paid for the work and overtime she puts in, she would be the highest paid person in the world.cudos on the quilt, but no matter what they always fall short and get dumped like the rest of the garbage.
Annabell, you are my new quilting hero; I admire your moxie! On your next quilt you need to tell everyone how you really feel! [wink] I loved this quilt it's just brilliant! I have posted your link to every one I know! I emailed this link to my husband, and I could hear him practically falling off the chair in his office, when he started reading your quilting lines. If I should ever get to England I would love to meet with you; we both share like political frustrations. Your quilt should be on display at the United Nations; it just might move them to really do something about this Sharia Law nonsense...