It is entirely possible that this quilt has way too much symbolism in it. See if you can distinguish between was really intended and what I am chucking in at the end to justify bad workmanship ( see previous post). When I discovered the theme I was reading a book written by a dutch refugee and it set me thinking about my time as a lawyer working political asylum cases.
Also, the international law is meant to act as a kind of shelter from persecution. I decided to print words from various treaties which give us 'human rights'. For obvious reason a log cabin format seemed appropriate to display them and I chose browns as a reference to physical log cabin shelters but also chose the courtroom steps setting to refer back to the law. Also the log cabin is usually associated with the Amish who of course fled Europe to escape persecution. I left in all the imperfections which occurred in the making to reference the myth that the Amish put deliberate mistakes in their work, to reflect the rough hewn nature of real log cabins and to represent the imperfections of the law and its inability to prevent persecution happening.However, that seemed rather simple and my participation in this group is all about stretching myself with design ideas and techniques I have not used before. Also, I found out about the theme when using the free Internet in the Troppenmuseum in Amsterdam which has several replicas of shelters from a Mongolian yurt to a Moroccan cafe. I had also been thinking about the emotional shelter that quilts can bring. How we give them as gifts to people who are ill or bereaved. How we snuggle under them when we are sad or tired and need to get away from life for a while. I decided to make a 3D piece with the quilt as the actual shelter. I printed a photo image of the holocaust on Lutrador to give a nice hazy effect, framed it with fabric and made a sandwich of it with Fast2Fuse to give a nice rigid backboard. I chose a photo of inmates of Auschwitch in barracks to give yet another persepective to the 'shelter' theme. However, I am carefully not revealing that photo here as although I thought it was OK to use it it turned out at the last minute it might be copyright and need replacing. Sigh. The edges were stain stitched. then I made 'doors' of the same fabric and Fast2 Fuse and quilted them with a barbed wire pattern inspired by a drawing in my sketchbook of a picture at the Franz Nussbaum museum in Osnabruck, Germany. These were creased about an inch in from the edges with a line of stitching and then satin stitch hinges added over the background piece. The quilt is sewn to the top of the background so that when the doors are pulled partially open the law operates as a physical shelter over the holocaust scene.
I am pleased with the idea but ashamed of the quality of the work. Really this should be the model and I should have done another one to show but time has run out and this is it.