The Cottage Orné Quilt

The Cottage Orné Quilt
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Tuesday, 9 August 2011

A little bit of this and that

I want to thank you for your comments on museums and on my ebook

Firstly I am going to post this picture, as every post needs a picture to cheer it up.  This one is of the new tiny cyclamen that are now coming into the shops - the first sign of autumn and it isn't mid August yet - encased of course in some EB!  I posted it on the EB Facebook page recently and thought you would like it too?

I do realise that musuems have budget and staffing problems but sadly there nothing new in that.  These will always be there whatever the financial climate and will always be the excuse.  It's simply a fact that textiles have a low priority and unless we make a fuss things won't change.  The difficulty of course is, that we who work with museums don't want to cause trouble as we rely on a good relationship continuing.  But perhaps those in Museums who are responsible for textiles could do with a helping hand?

I have always felt that the textile guilds could do more on this.  They do sterling work in promoting their own particular textile. They amass a collection, have staff and headquarters, all of which are expensive to maintain, but they don't get together and fight the corner for textiles generally which would be relatively inexpensive.  Act as a mouthpiece for their own members and the general public who want access to the vast amounts of textiles that are stored away in public collections.  Be more like the W.I. and put on pressure!

I am pretty sure that this opinion will be viewed with horror - it's politics they will cry! But if we want things to improve we will have to dirty our hands and engage in politics! 

I shall be at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham on Thursday, Friday and Saturday on the Rainbow Disk stand E33.  If you are going, do pop over and say hello!

Thank you all for your kind comments on the ebook and if you could possible post a review on either or it would help considerably.


Quilt Station said...

Hi Mary, really great post and good points about Guilds, they can be in a unique position to help in this way. Always enjoy your photo's of your favourite pieces of Emma Bridgewater an avid reader of British 'gorgeous homes' magazines I am familiar with her style and have always liked it too. When I visited the UK last I bought one piece for my best said "I love you more than new shoes" Cute huh! If only I'd bought a piece for me too Doh. Next time,

Vivienne at Vivebooks said...

Mary is absent because I have kidnapped her to be on my stand at Festival of Quilts! She is helping to promote her ebook.There will be a photo on Facebook!