Two weeks ago, we added a new kitty to our family. His name is Bing short for Binghampton. Baby, our older cat, and Bing are still getting acquainted but they appear to be peacefully co-existing. I hope the good vibes between them continue.
This past month I saw two quilt exhibits – one at the Folk Art Museum in New York City called War and Pieced, which showcases quilts “made exclusively by men using richly dyed wools from military and dress uniforms” and the other a very small exhibit of 12 contemporary quilts organized by the Piecework Collective. Both exhibits were excellent and inspiring.
Here are some photos from War and Pieced:
These quilts were extraordinary in their craftsmanship and design. What precision to cut out the small diamonds and squares. And look at the embroidery! Exquisite. The British soldiers, sailors and tailors who made these quilts in the nineteenth-century did so while convalescing from wounds they sustained in the Crimea, South Africa and India conflicts.
And here are some of the quilts from the Piecework Collective exhibit:
My favorite was the quilt I dubbed the ‘Sailboat Quilt’ on the lower right corner by Erin Wilson.
Finally, I leave you with these wonderful tree wraps or ‘textile graffiti’
A few weeks ago, I noticed them around 5 trees in front of a local middle school in my Park Slope, Brooklyn neighborhood. I was so intrigued by them and wondered if the students at the school created them for a class. I got in touch with the principal (who is a friend) and she told me that they were made by an artist who is “very mysterious. She asked permission to apply the art and explained how her work is made of recycled materials and that students should feel free to sew buttons on to add to the art.” She didn’t reveal her name, lives most of the time somewhere in Africa but travels the world with her ‘textile graffiti.’ Visit her on Instagram #foodbabysoul where you can see more of her work. Beautiful!
Next time, I’ll post progress on Rebecca Cullin 1801.