This round of Mystery Challenge has a theme: Moments and People Throughout History. I was assigned "George Sand", which took me on a different path. Usually I stick to clothing, but after doing some research, I wanted to go a quilting route. I decided to collage some of the things I learned about Sand; things that defined her.
George Sand: born Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dupin in 1804
French author, feminist, wife, mother, lover
"cross-dresser", risk-taker, line-crosser
Sand wrote prolifically, from novels to political commentary.
She wore men's clothing, claiming it was more comfortable.
She smoked in public, scandalous for the time.
The background is inspired by the French flag. The applique was pieced from strips of two "Paris" themed fabric in the shape of the "female" symbol. I placed it in the "male" symbol's position, to denote Sand's habits of wearing men's clothing and smoking in public, both scandalous for women at the time!
The middle section is sanded twill, with black piping down the center to appear like pages from a book. I scribbled on either side of the "book" - facts about George Sand on one side, quotations attributed to her on the other.
The final piece is a "romantic" background, with the French word for "freedom" superimposed. I wanted to show the feminine side that Sand had, as well as the things she fought for for women through her writings, being a proponent of women's rights and equality.
Natural sanded twill from stash
Pepe in Paris, Riley Blake
Paris/floral print, 2011 Brother Sister Design Studio
black and white rose print from stash
solid red broadcloth from stash
navy/white ring print from stash
white tone-on-tone print from stash
"There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved."
Follow the rest of the Challengers this month for more mini history lessons!
5/27│ Zoe and Ted - Suffragetes
5/30│ Super Stay at Home Mommy - Madame Tussaud │ Keep Calm and Carrion - Jackie Kennedy │ Gloria June - Florence Nightingale
5/31│ Sofilantjes - Andy Warhol │ Busy Little Bee - Marie Antoinette │ Amanda Rose - March 9, 1959 Barbie
6/2│ Taking it Up a Notch - Queen Victoria │ Amazing Adventures with Bubba and Bug - 1964 New York World Fair │ Kelly's Sewing Creations - Steampunk Mary Queen of Scots
6/4│ Sew Starly - Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II │ Hibbadoray - Amelia Earhart │ Sew Far North - Countess Markievicz (1868-1927)
6/5│ Made By Sara - John Dillinger/Roaring 20's │Friends Stitched Together - Prohibition/Roaring 20's
6/7│Sew Domesticated - 1960's/Civil Rights Movement │ Rebel and Malice - French Revolution/Joan of Arch │ The Fabric Hoarder - Gypsies