Stories Told In Stitchery At Folk Art Museum’s Quilt Exhibit

Stories Told In Stitchery At Folk Art Museum's Quilt Exhibit

NEW YORK (AP) — From simple geometric shapes to intricate details of everyday life, an ongoing exhibit at the American Folk Art Museum shows how this art form has told stories and been a creative tool through the centuries. .

What This Quilt Knows About Me features 35 quilts and related works in a new gallery space.

Some tell the story of the life or process of the Creator. Others are exploring cooling techniques using different materials.

Said to date from the early 19th century, the quilt is full of detail, including tropical flowers and embellished necklines. The curators do not know who the artist is, but the images used reflect popular works by women in the 19th century.

Another quilt on display is the work of Carl Kluiecki, who ran a tailoring shop in Corning, New York, in the early 1900s. It features a constellation, a dragon and a dove. A delightful and authentic celebration of life that has lasted 20 years, Klevik; He and his wife gave it to their son on their wedding day.

Curator Sad Ayorinde's favorite piece is the Wig Pink and Swag quilt border. It was gifted to a white woman who owned a garden in Kentucky for decades, but an old note on the back reveals the truth. The enslaved women of the family were true artisans.

Two producers were identified whose mother's sister cared for the plantation owners' children.

"It is amazing to see the material contributions of black people in the 19th century as unique, precious and beautiful," says Ayorinde. "This quilt knows and reveals little about black life experiences and artistic ability, even in dramatic circumstances."

Emily Gevalti, the museum's public art curator and collector, was particularly drawn to the quilt from West Chester, Pennsylvania.

The "Holy Book" is identified above by the creator's phonetic text. The name Susan Arwood is engraved on the underside, but despite a search of the area where the blanket was found, no one knows who Susan might be.

It is a busy book full of color and imagery, adorned with images from biblical stories, perhaps people and key events.

"Every time I look at it, I discover something new," says Violence. “His composition is full of creativity. Although we don't know much about this quilt, looking at her work and guessing that the richness of her vision captures some of the designer's character and experience.”

Another strong piece is the military blanket. A square within a square." It's made from the same red, yellow, and black wool used in military uniforms, and curators say the narrow geometric pattern of small squares resembles woodworking, which can be viewed as a masculine activity.

During the Crimean War in the mid-18th century, it was a tradition among British soldiers to make quilts to while away the time while awaiting orders or recovering from wounds. Crafts were encouraged by rulers rather than gambling and drinking. Think of tired soldiers' knitting and sewing as a creative testament to the war years.

Noah's Ark was a popular subject in the late 19th century and a good example can be seen in Nova Scotia or Quebec.

Instead of the usual design with the arch at the top and a couple of animals walking around the ceiling, this one has an arch in the middle with the couple arranged in rows. The creatures are in the balance of the game. Insects are the size of penguins and cats are bigger than pigs. Another differentiator. The blanket covers all of Noah's family.

“Light from Deep Space” is the name of the cover by Tokyo artist Setsuko Obi. Standing in the distance gives the impression of a bright galaxy surrounded by colorful stars. But up close you can see each quilt folded like origami, handwoven from silk and old kimono fabrics.

The exhibit includes several brightly colored quilts that look strikingly modern, including the early 20th-century 'Diamond in the Square', possibly Amish. Amish quilts favor simple geometric patterns and colors; Society did not allow very beautiful designs and colorful patterns.

Another stunning yet simple piece is the early 19th century Calamanco border quilt. Made in England, the wool is dyed with a two-tone indigo using a heat ironing process that creates a lustrous finish. The view of the almost 8 square meter shell, which glows softly in the brilliant light of the museum, is like looking into the depths of the sea.

What That Quilt Knows About Me is on view at the American Folk Art Museum through October 29.

New York writer Kim Cook told the AP. Follow her on Instagram at @kimcookhome.

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