婦女與布的對話 Dialogue between Women and Fabric
> Women’s house,
> Beautiful ladies,
> All kinds of shining colours.
This is the best description for the fabric art play exhibition.
Women from different parties use fragments of flower-patterned fabric, needle and threads to create beautiful pictures to tell their own loving stories. The common theme is the love and hope towards “home” from the identity of a woman and a mother.
The local mothers, who have children with special needs, use the traditional Chinese paper-cutting techniques to make colourful fabric pieces as an ode of love. A mother showed her anger when her child was not being understood and accepted by a schoolteacher. Another mother made a timetable of medical checkups of her child, showing her fatigue and heartache as her child had has undergone all sorts of treatments for years. The only hope of having a healthy life for their child seems so little, but it is already the greatest dream and blessing from the bottom of the mothers’ heart.
Women from Yunnan rural areas used a variety of fabric fragments to show their hardworking daily lives. Every day, they need to look after their children and grandchildren, to transplant rice seedlings, to cook meals, to do housework and to feed their livestock. Although they have hardship, they are content with their dreams. They hope their children can go to school, their livestock are healthy and their crops are strong. The women have neither superb sewing skills nor fine fabric, but from the artworks we can see that the love towards their family overflows in their lives.
Even the women asylum seekers are discriminated and persecuted; they wish for good fortune for their children through needles and threads. A mother who escaped from Ghana missed her little child so much that she drew long-stretched arms in her quilt to show her eagerness to wash her child. Though these women are under great pressure, they burst out from their sorrow with incredible toughness and explore their inner bright world from a restricted environment. Their dreams are all shown in their artworks: a space of freedom, a big blue sky, a peaceful night for sleep…
Each of the quilt is a page of the women’s life, as well as a container filled with their dreams and love.
Remarks: Artworks in “Cha – The Dialogues Between Women and Fabric” exhibition were the final products from “Nu Hong #4 –Women’s Empowerment Quilt Project” organized by ” Art For All”