This quilt above, called The Money Laundry, is part of a series of quilts on the theme of money, which I did for a show in a London West End gallery.
The design is meant to give the effect of money going round and round in a washing machine. If you zoom in, you can see pieces of gold and silver and notes in the smaller squares. It was meant as a light-hearted look at how money is sometimes dealt with.
However, as I sat at the gallery stewarding my show for hours, I realised that all the quilts I had done on the theme of money were relevant to me in some way, and how I handle money…..
No, so far as I am aware, I haven’t laundered any money, but maybe there are some aspects of how I handle money which I am not too proud of, and would like the memory to be blurred, or laundered, from my own memory as much as other people’s. Remember, everything that is done or said in secret, will be shouted from the rooftops one day. I can think of times when I have wasted money, or shopped too much, or handled it irresponsibly or selfishly….. Oh dear….
Undeterred by such guilty thoughts, a nice man bought this quilt to go in his flat nearby. He was something of a collector of wall hangings, and was delighted with the colours and humourous title.