Sunday, May 15, 2011

Textile Day at the Baltimore Museum of Art

This past Saturday, the Baltimore Museum of Art held its Annual Textile Day. It's a day chock full of programs, lectures and exhibitors -- all surrounding textiles.


This year I went as an exhibitor on behalf of the Constellation Chapter of the EGA. And we had a wonderful day!


First of all...exhibiting amidst the museum's works of art was one of the day's highlights for me. It's a very inspirational setting and seeing textile artist after textile artist demonstrating amidst sculpture, paintings and mosaics was pretty cool.


I ran into an old friend that I had met at the Tambour beading masterclass I had taken in Kentucky...Jennifer Brown.


Jennifer was displaying her wonderful beadwork creations...


And demonstrating how to make "textiles" using beads.


I just love her sampler strips of peyote stitch, combining different beads and patterns into something like this belt.


I also met new friends like Judy Shapiro who has stitched many of the ecclesiastical banners at the National Cathedral in Washington...


She also is a Master Maker of Baltimore Album Quilts AND a beautiful beader.



Judy lectures and teaches and does not live too far from me so maybe our paths will cross again.

And the Chesapeake Region Lace Guild was also there demonstrating Bobbin lace....


Oh, how I dream of making bobbin lace one day once Jack is grown and gone...


Sitting right next to us, was this art student from Maryand Institute College of Art working on her Power Suit project.


She asked passersby to select an article of clothing that they thought represented power -- she asked them to write down the reason for their selection --


And then she will be sewing them all together to make one large "Power Suit".

Someone picked underwear and said "Sex is Power" -- I picked a Red Suit Jacket thinking of a photo of Madeleine Albright surrounded by Heads of state -- all men, all dressed in navy blue or black...and there she was standing out with a bright red jacket on...I've never forgotten it.

And I often see Hillary Clinton doing the same thing...wearing bright colors amidst the sea of dark...


There were lots of other exhibitors like the Baltimore Bead Society, the Baltimore Applique Society...but they were in areas where the light wasn't as good for pictures...

Next year I'll post about going ahead of time so that some of you might decide to come visit for Textile Day. It's a great day to visit the museum and admission was FREE!

Happy Monday everyone!

15 comments:

Rachel said...

What a great range of techniques and styles were on display!

One question - why wait for Jack to be "grown and gone" to do bobbin lace? I started learning bobbin lace when I was younger than he is! (I didn't stick with it, but that is a different story!)

MosaicMagpie said...

What a great afternoon of inspiration! Those beading projects....Ahhh! To think it was FREE!
Deb

Maureen said...

Thank you Susan. I loved the under-the-sea square and seeing the bobbin lace set up. I don't think I ever realized how much is involved. I hope you get to learn it some day. Reen

Dees said...

must have been fun to have been there (with you). My late grandmother used to make bobbin-lace. I still might have some pieces somewhere...

Vicky~ stichr ~ said...

You at the Museum!!! Way. Cool. I actually thought that fish and coral piece might be yours, that's how great I think you are!

FlowerLady said...

What a treat that must have been. I love all the beaded pieces. And that bobbin lace is truly amazing.

Thanks for sharing.

FlowerLady

Jane said...

Looks like to you had a great time. What lovely surroundings to work in.

I agree with Rachel, don't wait for Jack to leave for college to start your lacemaking. In fact I have a whole load of bobbins which I don't use anymore, happy to donate them to the cause if you'd like them.
jane

Chris Daly said...

Bobbin Lace, That is ambitious. I can't imagine what it was like to be there with so many amazing works of art. Wow!

Judy S. said...

That must have been a very fun day!Bobbin lace is so amazing...all those pins, wow! Which one of those pieces on the aqua cloth is yours?

Sweetpea said...

What a FABULOUS event, Susan, you are so lucky to live near such things - and that beadwork is simply to die for! I too, would love to learn that art of lace making...geesh...how many lifetimes will we need to try all these scrumptious things?!?

WONDERFUL post, thank you!

Miriam said...

Wow! What a gloriously inspiring post! Thank you for sharing.

I wish I lived closer so I could attend.

flower friend said...

How great to be able to exhibit in a museum and have all those works of art for company.

vicki said...

Susan- what a wonderful day this must have been! You were totally in your element! I love the photos- they are fabulous!
Vicki

The Blissful Banter of a Creative Crafter said...

Thank you for this very interesting posting! That bobbin lace looked insane!
Analisa

Elizabeth said...

Ok I have GOT to know ahaed of time so I can come up for this event!!!! I would love ot meet Judy the beader and the Tambour gal as well. i know that your Bead journal pieces must ahv eogtten lots of attention as they always do!!! So much to do so little time= so we must MAKE TIME!! Big hugs!
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