I disovered that out new theme was shelter whilst I was using the free internet access at the Troppen Museum in Amsterdam. A moment before I had wandered through a reconstruction of a Morrocan house and then sat in a real Yurt to view films of nomads in Mongolia. So it was perhaps natural that my instinctive recation was to go for a literal interpretation.
However, over the previous days I had been to the Jewish Museums in Berlin and Amsterdam, the Corrie Ten Boon House in Utrecht ( where Jews were hidden during the war), and was also reading this excellent book
written by a refugee for Somalia who became a member of the Dutch parliament and a champion of human rights especially for muslim women.
Given that swirling combination of thoughts and my profession maybe it is not suprising that I have also been thinking in terms of International Law as a shelter against persecution and quilts as comfort and shelter in emotional terms also.
So, today I come to put some of my ideas to fabric and I have hit a dilemma of taste. I want my quilt to have a social message but how hard hitting and graphic can I be? I don't want to be too precise at the moment in what I am thinking about doing but let me just say that one option is to use photos of Holocaust victims about which I have no copyright concerns because they were taken by Nazis. Some photos are much more graphic than others albeit all would allude readily to the most horrendous evils. All are the kind of things you would see if you knowingly chose to go to a Holocaust related museum. But given that we hope our quilts will be viewed in a happy quilt show where youngsters or otherwise senstive people might be present and would not expect such images, am I crossing a boundary of taste?
I am happy to challenge and to pack a hard punch with my message but I do not wish to offend.
Any thoughts fellow twelvers ( or indeed potential quilt viewers?)
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