Thursday, June 11, 2009

Menopause


(Above: Menopause. Embellished and hand stitched. 21" x 17", framed. Click on image to enlarge.)

Last February I thought up this piece. It's been waiting. Two days ago the time seemed right to put it altogether. The background is a piece of embellished felt, cotton batting, cheesecloth, and bridal tulle. I had planned to stitch the words in red but the color was already there for me in the strings I'd never noticed. In two weeks I'll turn fifty. I don't feel old. I don't think old. Yet, there's no way to escape the fact that a half a century has passed since my birth. I'm stunned that this sign of aging crept up on me too!

(Above: Menopause, detail. Click on image to enlarge.)

Well....I'm very thankful to Aussie Jo. I love her suggestions and will called the wrapped and nailed "figure" Aegis. It is a perfect name....just the idea I wanted! Well....enough of this "conceptualism" for a while. I've got another bolt of Wonder Under and my "faux stained glass" pieces are underway again!

14 comments:

Bill Evertson said...

Yikes that 50 thing was scary - Glad I'm past that ;) I did go back to look at the memorial day post of your grave rubbing pieces and think they would be great in the ABAD exhibition!

JafaBrit's Art said...

ugh, I relate too well to this piece lol!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Oddly enough just yesterday I cleaned out the drawer where I had kept all my 'supplies' and found three boxes of tampons. Wondered what I should do with them now I don't need them. Maybe I should send them to you? ;)

Chris said...

I'm not totally "there" yet (that means 50 or in menopause) but I am surely in the home stretch here. You should probably mass produce this piece. HA!

Cindi said...

Powerful, and actually sort of sweet, too -- which surprises me a little. I love it. NOW, what are you going to do about hot flashes?

armouris said...

info on menopause here - FAQ On Menopause

Krekeltje said...

Love it! Think it'll do well in the waitingroom of the gynaecologist LOL

Anonymous said...

there are some "leftovers" in the bathroom... its an idea !!! LOL
Ingrid

Anonymous said...

Wonderful, but I don't miss it at all. A very good present idea for a (girl)friend in the menopauze.
Thanks

Margeeth said...

It made me smile when I saw it, it's a great way to recycle your leftovers.

PS I am the culprit who posted a link to this quilt to a dutch mailinglist, hence all the dutch visitors.

Anita deR said...

It's a lovely idee. I' am happy that I have don with my period for many years. I was 42 when it stopped, but therefor I had 3 weeks my period and 1 week not. So it was enough.
Greetings from the Netherlands

Yvonne aka sommeke said...

Hi, I'm over 50 and happy to feel quite well in the menopause. I don't miss tampons at all ;-)
Your quilt made me smile too, wondering how it will look hanging above the sofa in a living room...
The same thing happened when I spotted a quilt made with preservatives some years ago in Sainte Marie aux Mines (see http://picasaweb.google.be/sommeke2002/SainteMarieAuxMines2007#5111001178978763250 and next)
Yvonne, in Antwerp/Belgium
co-mod of the Dutch mailinglist

Julaine Lofquist-Birch said...

Ahhh...great artists create alike! A few years ago, I stitched estrogen patches on a quilt.

Remember, the new middle age is 60!!!

Heidi Steven said...

Very remarkble quilt with humor. Well done.
Good luck with your work from the Netherlands,
Heidi