Knitting News and Quilting
Part of the idea of this website is to introduce you to the world of knitters and the diverse forms of art that can be obtained by doing all the different disciplines and also to bring you knitting news.
In this segment of the website we are going to talk about other kind of knitting: the quilting. At his time we are going to talk a little more about an artist that is causing controversy with her modern approach of this traditional art. I mean, who doesn't remember about grandma wrapping you with a warm quilt on a cold night? But the artist Mary Beth Bellah achieved to renew this beautiful art giving it a very spicy and scandalous twist by criticizing political topics and cultural taboos and representing them with her visual art.
A specific piece from her collection that was featured on knitting news is the one called “Helping Hands”. It was covered by the magazine Quilter's Home and was featured on knitting news on the cover of the magazine, but it was banned from the online chain store JoAnn Fabrics. Apparently the piece had a fabric detailed with several penises floating and the store's executives found it offensive (even though the magazine was covered by a plastic and you weren't able to see this creative quilting without removing the plastic).
The quilts in that issue, however controversial and provocative, were not sexist, racist, defamatory, nor were they forced upon anyone and it created a controversy as that was a manifestation of art and art shouldn't be censored.
Some other works from this controversial artist includes a quilt criticizing the issues on the U.S government with foreigners and their illegal entrance to the country called “Hard Wired Response” and “Caught” representing a wired bloody hand.