Two Crafty Exhibits To See

Thursday, February 26, 2009

There are two exhibitions that I hope to get a chance to see. One is the 'Fashioning Felt' exhibit opening at the Cooper Hewitt on March 6th (image above) and the other is 'Recycling & Resourcefulness: Quilts of the 1930s,' which closes on March 15th. Here are short descriptions of both shows:
Fashioning Felt
On view March 6–September 7, 2009

This exhibition will explore the varied new uses of felt—an ancient material, believed to be one of the earliest techniques for making textiles. Made by matting together wool fibers with humidity and friction, felting requires little technological expertise and is an extremely versatile material. The exhibition will begin with historic examples of felts, showcase innovations in handmade felts, and feature contemporary uses of industrial felt in a range of fields, including product design, fashion, architecture, and home furnishings.
Recycling & Resourcefulness: Quilts of the 1930s
October 21, 2008 - March 15, 2009
at the Lincoln Square branch

Recycling & Resourcefulness: Quilts of the 1930s highlights twelve quilts from the International Quilt Study Center & Museum, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, which were made during the Depression era by thrifty women who reused clothing, flour and feed sacks, and other recycled fabrics to create "new" bedcovers in a variety of vibrant patterns. Also on view are works from the American Folk Art Museum's collection that further explore the theme of recycling, such as the Wonderbread Rug, woven from plastic Wonderbread bags; Baby Blanket, made up entirely of condoms in aluminum wrappers; tramp art made from cigar boxes; bottle-cap figures; and quilts made from men's clothing fabrics and patriotic silk ribbons.

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