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MEANING

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brenda jones (oxydol)
Sun, 07 Feb 1999 14:37:38 -0600


About quilts and meaning (again...sorry to belabor the quilt issue, it's just
that this is an area that my students are currently very interested in. As
mentioned in an earlier message, we are working on a grant related to that and
there is a very big quilt guild here in town...about 400- 500 members that
meet once a month).
First, I might say that in talking with my students almost without exception
all students have stories about quilts with which they are familiar. They have
aunts, mothers, grandmothers who have made something very special and it has
very specific meaning to the student. These objects seem to hold great meaning
and stories even though they were meant to cover a bed, keep someone warm. And
yet now, some quilts, particularly those that are older, are being hung on
walls, not left to cover beds. Certainly this was not the original intention.
They have gained intention or maybe meaning when really, I think, they weren't
intended to have meaning. They were intended primarily for function. However
at the same time, they were created with a sense of design: pattern, color,
blance, etc.
At a quilt guild meeting I heard a woman comment politely, but emphatically,
"I make quilts to be used, not be be hung on a wall." Could this be at all
like Marilyn Stewart's question in one of the philosopher's walks about
whether or not we could make something without have meaning? At the same
meeting, another woman brought in a large quilt she had recently been given.
It was a very handsome piece, all hand stitched in original patterns. The
colors were exquisite. The quilt was signed and described on the back. It was
wonderful to look at, yet it was clearly well made, so it could easily be
functional. However, most of the comments centered around where she would hang
it in her house, it would demand a lot of space. This, of course, made me
wonder about meaning. It seems to be tied up with intention.

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