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!