Quilts, Textiles and Samplers
Today I’ll feature quilts, textiles and needlework from the American Made: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum (in New York), an exhibit at Crystal Bridges.
Note the individual motifs (some missing) and the obvious deterioration of some fabrics.
I would guess there was embroidery that has fallen away.
The ubiquitous Do Not Touch warning. I once had a visitor ask if she could touch a piece of art. She took me rather by surprise and I gave her a resounding, “NO.” Sorry–but better me than one of the docents and you’re barred for life (KIDDING).
Note the dimensional shirt and sleeves.
“If you cannot be a pippin don’t turn crabapple.”
My mother lived in Danvers as a child but she wasn’t THAT old.
The fabric is rather unusual, being glazed worsted wools (calimanco), professionally manufactured. The black had a leathery look. We wondered what it would have been like to needle through.
There was some motif embroidery (spider web), but most embroidery was between states. The date was embroidered in Roman numerals between Oregon and Washington. Note the elongated hexagon piecing.
I could not find out but this is reminiscent of kit quilts by Mountain Mist that were popular around this period.
Crystal Bridges often has interactive areas during their exhibits. My friend Sharon and I played with the magnetic quilt pieces and also added to the tapestries on looms. While she was working on one, I added bright wool to the other. I need to get back and see the progress. We also stenciled with colored pencils on a box which we were able to bring home. I still haven’t finished mine.
I have signed up for the mini-workshop the end of August on Automatons (kinetic objects, as in whirligigs). Watch for my post in early September. Summer is just zipping on by! In the meantime, we may actually get some rain. Rain in parts of Fayetteville yesterday caused flooding up to the car windows leaving most of the rest of us parched! Freaky.
Posted on July 26, 2016, in Art and tagged automatons, Crystal Bridges, needlework, quilts, stencilling, textiles, Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum, weaving. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.