Political representation and patriotic themes in the applied arts are becoming a newfound interest of ours ever since the launch of the Capitol Butter Dish, a tongue-in-cheek piece that's also an expression of our love for living and working in the USA.
Today, we saw a quilt honoring the 1880 James Garfield and Chester Arthur presidential ticket on the Art Institute of Chicago's site, and found more in the Quilts and Coverlets archive at The American Folk Art Museum. The Cleveland-Hendricks Crazy Quilt (shown above) is one of our favorites. As the Folk Art Museum explains, these quilts were one way women could express their political sentiments before they won the right to vote in 1920.
The constitutional amendment giving the vote to American women was not ratified until 1920. Therefore, the unidentified maker of this quilt voiced her political sentiments in one of the only socially acceptable means available to her in the late nineteenth century. Using the idiom of the Crazy quilt, she constructed a strong statement of Democratic sympathies in a highly fashionable format.
Of course, the female vote (especially those of single women) are among the most hotly courted ones of the 2012 campaign, as Charles Blow reports on the New York Times.
Another reminder to exercise your right to vote this election.