Quilty Pleasures and 60’s Sex Ed

I’m really rather excited about the Quilts: 1700-2010 exhibition at the V&A. I could act all cool and say that I’m dying to catch another glimpse of Tracey Emin’s subversive stitching (partly true) but, in reality, I’m actually starting to get that feeling that making a quilt myself would be a pretty nifty little craft project and I’d like to get some inspiration! Perhaps I’m turning into my mother faster than I thought…?

Whilst I try to figure out when to make  my visit, the Quilty Pleasures window display at Liberty is tiding me over until I get to see the real thing. Created by the likes of  Karen NicolLou Gardiner and Amanda Fatherazi, these sheets are more than a little bit saucy; depicting sexual poses and acts.

What really caught my eye, though, was this one mannequin forcing a sheet of paper up against the window. The words are apparently taken from a sex education textbook for school girls printed in the UK in the early 1960’s. It’s wonderful stuff, so I just had to share it!

Call me a deviant, if you will, but I thought sex education was supposed to educate you about sex, not bedtime etiquette!

All I can say is; Thank goodness we’ve moved on to an age where I can shock my partner with a face full of beauty cream before bed, hog the bathroom  so that he can be reminded of his busy work commute (since only he works, natch!), AND not have to submit (Obey! FFS!) to his advances if I’m not in the mood. The things we take for granted, eh!?

Quilts:1700-2010 is open at the V&A until the 4th of July.

First image from the Liberty Blog (via Fashion156 blog), other photos by Sarah Barnes.

By: Sarah Barnes, 07.04.2010 | Comments (2)
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  • Rosa
    April 8th, 2010
    1:29 pm

    Quilting is cool! I’ve had enough of sex in textiles, like I had enough of swearing in textiles a while ago – but the exhibition is incredible. I became a member of the V&A so I could go again and again and again.

  • Sarah Barnes
    April 8th, 2010
    10:41 pm

    Thanks Rosa! With your recommendation I am now even more disgustingly desperate to make my visit!

    I guess I haven’t seen so many naughty quilts to be ‘over’ them quite yet, they’re still a novelty to me… but I think maybe this intricate, psychedlic quilt might be more your cup of tea?


    Love your blog, BTW, lot’s of inspiration on there that makes me feel like I should pick up my needle and thread again x

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