“There is a lot of sifting and stirring going on in kitchens today and not all of it goes into the muffins. … The combination of roles in which a woman performs as artist/mother/homemaker/wife requires a tremendous amount of ‘getting it all together.’”
— Jean Ray Laury, The Creative Woman’s Getting It All Together at Home Handbook (1977)
Jean Ray Laury intentionally positioned herself to reach the primarily female quiltmaking audience. Her writing, teaching, and artwork appealed to those struggling with changing female roles in the 1960s and 1970s. Her quilts addressed the same issues that concerned radical feminists—women’s bodies, housework, sexuality and the right to choose. But by combining the familiar, non threatening nature of quilts with her trademark sense of humor, Laury presented a message in a format accessible to everyone.
Click images below to view larger and read more information about some of the quilts included in the exhibit.