& # 39; She only heard praise & # 39; A woman whose 24 Golliwogs patchwork quilt won the top prize at a country show has no idea she was slammed as a racist
- The design with 24 golliwogs from 24 countries was criticized as racist
- Helen, the artist, based it on a quilt that an elderly lady asked her to make for her
- Her husband said that during the show she only received favorable comments about the work & # 39;
- He had not spoken to Helen about the criticism because she was too busy quilting
The woman whose 24 Golliwogs patchwork quilt won the top prize at a country show has no idea she was slammed as a racist because she is going to make more quilts.
The design of quilter Helen, which depicts golliwogs from 24 countries around the world, won first place in the Whittlesea Show quilt category in northern Melbourne last weekend and was widely criticized.
Helen & # 39; s draft was objectionable by Chairman of the Anti-Defamation Commission Dr. Dvir Abramovich & # 39; mentioned, but Helen's husband said during the show she only received rave reviews about the work & # 39; received.
Helen & # 39; s husband Michael appeared in Melbourne 3AW radio on Friday afternoon to tell the story about how the golliwog quilt came about.
A quilt (photo) with golliwogs doing the haka and working an Indian in the lasso is like & # 39; racist & # 39; and & # 39; more offensive & # 39; slammed shut after it won a prize at a city show
& # 39; A very older lady had that comforter and that she had in her house for so long and she was visually impaired and suffering from arthritis, she asked Helen to put it together for her, which she obliged & # 39 ;, said Michael .
& # 39; Her quilt friend suggested that she would include it in the show because it was such a good job and we are very sorry that people take offense. & # 39;
Some of the dressed up golliwogs on the quilt are a Spanish matador, an English Beefeater, a golliwog that does the haka and an Egyptian pharaoh.
Dr. Abramovich suggested that the quilt celebrated racist images, but Michael said that was not the intention of the artist.
Michael said Helen was thrilled to have won the grand prize at the show, but couldn't have spoken to his wife about the criticism of her work because she was working on another piece.
& # 39; I didn't talk to her because she's quilting! & # 39; Michael said.
The golliwog was originally a character in a children's book from 1895, but has since been associated with racial stereotyping of black people.
The word & # 39; golliwog & # 39; is also increasingly seen as racist because the term & # 39; wog & # 39; is used as a racial lie for foreigners.
The design follows the Royal Adelaide Show that was forced last year to remove three dolls from a display accused of being caricatures of African Americans.
& # 39; We are very sorry that people are offended & # 39 ;, said the husband of the artist Michael.
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