I was very happy with the Capitol tour, House and Senate galleries, Newseum, art gallery upon art gallery, monuments, memorials etc.....but I was needing a textile fix!
Pictures were not allowed but you can visit their site click here to find more information not only about the mueseum and the current exhibits but a wonderful section on care of textiles including environmental care, proper storage and cleaning, when to consult a conservator and much more.
|Weaving Abstraction: Kuba Textiles and the Woven Art of Central AfricaOctober 15, 2011 through February 12, 2012|
|Second Lives: the Age-Old Art of Recycling Textiles|
February 4, 2011 through January 8, 2012
The Smithsonian Museum of American Art had an exhibit on Folk Art.
Two textiles were especially interesting to me. This denim embroidered piece was said to be made by Cora Meek of Illinois in 1986.
I love how the various colors of denim as background to her colorful embroidery work together. It's hand quilted! That must have been some job.
I wanted so badly to touch it, see the back, find out if there was a fill or batting.
It is loaded with interesting motifs and I saw two dates. Perhaps she started in 1986 but finished in in 1997? The photo on the left says "C Meek 97".
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...And this amazing muslin garment dated about 1949 and made by Alice Eugenia Ligon as a Christmas gift for her children while she was a patient at the Missouri State Hospital. She was there for an 'unspecified' condition and the accompanying description states that this was probably a hospital gown. She is said to have enjoyed sewing, crocheting and embroidery and covered every inch with "religious, patriotic, popular and personal portraits, vignettes and inscriptions."
Sleeves and hem are crocheted.
Graphic motifs in the architecture and decorative elements are everywhere. The tile floors, ceilings and wall designs are wonderful. I was probably the only person suddenly stopping to take a picture of the floor!
This is a bit out of focus but I had to capture the Double Wedding Ring motif on the floor of the Congressional (Jefferson) Library which was built in 1897.
Somehow I manage to find textiles and related items everywhere I go!
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