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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Dress code (and a link party)

A difficult week, so only one project to show... but it's an important one for me.

The Ongoing Project List:
  1. Growing Up QAL - Working on future blocks! (cannot share)
  2. Splendid Sampler - no progress
  3. Charity quilts - no progress
  4. SK project - no progress
  5. Molli Sparkle's "The Honey Pot Bee" - shared on March 1st!!!
  6. Project QUILTING - Dress code COMPLETED (see below)
  7. En Provence QAL - no progress
  8. Bullet Journaling into my Quilter's Planner - no progress
  9. 70273 Project - no progress
  10. Book binding - no progress
  11. Twilters! Bee - waiting for next month swap
  12. MP pillow cover - no progress
  13. MP hat - no progress

When the Challenge 5 of Project QUILTING was announced it immediately got my interest.
You can VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE at the following link!

"Well-dressed man"

When I was young I always loved a suit and a tie and I was used to wear them all the time even if it was not part of the "girl" dress code.
While growing up I then start seeing quite puzzling situations... Men with suit and tie were treated in a very different way than men dressed in other ways... and the people attitude was only a response to the suit, not the the real person wearing it...
My father was a manager of an hotel, but he also was helping with the plumming when needed... dressed as a plummer, people would treat him quite bad... dressed as a hotel manager, people would treat him with respect... and he was the same person, treating others with the same kind attitude...

The hypocrisy of many people disturbed me a lot...
And recently I witnessed an extreme situation of the same hypocrisy...
and that's the inspiration of the piece below: "Dress code" (forgive the weird light... bad weather to take pictures :) )

Dress code 22''x32'' 

The piece represent the contrast between what we (in the western society) would drescribe as a well-dressed man and other men that are half naked, dressed with poor materials or just drapes...
If these men were just encountered in the streets I am sure that many of us would judge them very strongly (good or bad)...
Their "dress code" is accompained by their words...
On the right, the words of The 14th Dalai Lama and Mahatma Gandhi...
On the left, the words of the President of the United States.

Stitching the left side of the piece was very very hard... not just because it's dark fabric so I had to use tissue paper to trace the quotes... but my hands were shaking as I was disgusted by what I had to stitch. Luckily he is not very eloquent, so his quotes are pretty short.
The quotes on the right, instead, are long, beautiful and profound...

The quotes on the right are:
"Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible."
"My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness."
"Many of our problems stem from attitudes like putting ourselves first at all costs."
"Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them."
"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win."
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world."

I won't report the quotes on the left because I have been reading them too many times already.

The piece is quilted, but I will add more details in the background to make the elements stand out a little better.

I will probably submit this piece for the Threads of Resistence exhibition.

How about you? What are YOU up to?
Link it here and share it with me!!


  1. Very impressive work and message.

  2. What an impactful piece...thank you for sharing the inspiration and story. I immediately thought of the Threads of Resistance exhibit as I read about your quilt's inspiration so I hope you will enter it!

  3. Oh I love it!! such a great piece and I so totally agree with you - I don't write about politics I am too disgusted by it never in the years that I have been paying attention to politics has the US been so divided and at times it seems so uncaring - I can't stand it.

  4. Very powerful.! I hope you enter it too. So much lettering to do in one week.

  5. Wow. Really powerful! Thanks for linking to the Threads of Resistance exhibit. You've got me thinking.

  6. Thanks, this is truly thought provoking.
    Under the Gandhi figure it says "be the change you wish to see in the world"
    Just as Gandhi achieved change through passive, peaceful resistance; one could also say that Trump is living and accomplishing some of the "change he wishes to see".
    I'll be more careful what I wish for.

    1. Oh, I totally agree... if the world that he wants to see is a divisive world where everyone hates their neighbor, attack others with bad words and belittle people for the things that makes them human, he is definitely very consistent!
      That sentence is a good reminder for me to be the first showing what kind of world I, instead, want to live in!!

  7. Well done that piece - you nailed it! Definitely enter it

  8. Hi Alida, I love your work! That's probably why I have a negative "thing" about suits - and I'm a rebel, always trying to get out of the dress code :-)

  9. Very interesting that you called your piece "Dress Code", considering that he instructed the women in his administration to "dress like women" or something ridiculous like that. I was just thinking of that, and the resulting social media response, in which women showed him the wide variety of "dress codes" that represent women's work these days. It says good things that it is he who is out of touch, not the rest of us. We simply must remind ourselves of that, over and over.


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