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Book of the Month

This beautifully produced book, with more than 570 color illustrations, comprises the first major survey of traditional indigenous textiles across the entire continent of Africa. Important influences on handmade textile production are discussed, but of greater interest for subscribers to my blog would be descriptions of the many technique and materials—especially dyes—used to achieve intense hues and inspirational patterns. Subtitled Color and Creativity Across a Continent, this 2009 publication celebrates the diverse creative talents of numerous makers. The author, John Gillow, is a noted British collector and dealer in textiles worldwide.





Pauline Burbidge, Honesty Skyline (detail of top section), 2015. Photo by Phil Dickson.

Quiltscapes and Quiltlines by Pauline Burbidge

Ten large-scale quilts and one framed piece by British artist Pauline Burbidge fill a gallery at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum (Lincoln, Nebraska), with cyanotype—my favorite process—producing much of the imagery. Also on view are several sketchbooks and drawings, plus her dyeing, printing, stitching, and quilting sample collections. She creates rich depictions of nature through her mastery of large-scale textiles. Burbidge’s pieces express both distant horizons and intimate details of nature that inspire a sense of spirituality and connection: “(My) work is made by the fusing together of textiles and the natural world and the combining of elements so that you can hardly see the difference … the landscape is in the room with you.” Quiltscapes features Burbidge’s explorations of water and grasses, layered in horizontal bands with row after row of hand-stitched lines. Open until March 25.




Sylvia Einstein, Le Monde, 2011, 42 x 39 in.


The Quilted Canvas at New England Quilt Museum

This exhibition is the first in an exciting series of installations showcasing the work of New England quilt artists over several decades. The Quilted Canvas is a unique insight into the relationships of a critique group. Judy Becker, Nancy Crasco, Sandy Donabed, Sylvia Einstein, and Carol Anne Grotrian have been meeting monthly for thirty years to support and sustain each other as artists. Nancy Crasco explains, “the focus of our gatherings is always about the work: assisting with aesthetic and construction concerns, sharing opportunities to exhibit, discussing current trends in fiber, and providing the impetus to continue creating.”
The show opens on January 11 and closes April 29, with a reception and gallery talk with the artists on January 28 at 11:00 (Lowell, Massachusetts).





Jean Paul Gaultier, Wedding Ensemble, 2008-09.

Masterworks: Unpacking Fashion at The Met

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute’s current exhibition features significant acquisitions of the past ten years, exploring how the department has honed its collecting strategy to amass masterworks of aesthetic and technical quality, including iconic works by designers who have changed fashion history and advanced fashion as an art form. During the seven decades since The Costume Institute became part of The Met in 1946, that collecting strategy has shifted from creating a collection of Western high fashion that is encyclopedic in breadth to one focused on acquiring masterworks. Unpacking Fashion, in the Anna Wintour Costume Center, highlights approximately sixty of these masterworks from the early 18th century to the present. Even if fashion is not your thing, you will be intrigued by the ingenuity of some of these creations. This New York exhibition closes on February 5.

Geoffrey Beene, Evening Dress, 1967-68.












Rockefeller Center on Christmas Eve.


Rockefeller Center holiday banners

Most people visiting New York City during the Christmas holiday are captivated by the enormous tree in midtown overlooking the skating rink. I prefer the snap and glow of the numerous silver banners surrounding Rockefeller Center, especially at night.


2 Responses to “JANUARY 2017”

  1. I would love to see the Pauline Burbridge exhibit. Her work has always been stunning!

  2. I have had John Gillow’s book for eons and I never, ever tire of looking at it. It is the best book on African Textiles that I have seen.

    Happy New Year!

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