Thursday, April 25, 2013

Workt By Hand quilt exhibit at Brooklyn Museum, part 1 of 2



As promised, here are some photos from the Brooklyn Museum exhibit Workt By Hand: Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts.  ChrissieD and I went together - always fun to visit an exhibit with another quilter.  And... what joy to be able to snap photos to our hearts' content, and be able to compare notes on what we saw.

I'll post some of my photos below - but for many more, and lots of detailed descriptions, see ChrissieD's posts here and here.   Nifty Quilts also posted here, and HelenNo here.  The museum is so easily accessible by train and the show runs through Sept 15th.

 This first one knocked our socks off!  It depicts village and country life in England or Ireland in the late 18th century:

Pictorial Quilt, circa 1795, Brooklyn Museum 
detail, Pictorial Quilt, circa 1795, Brooklyn Museum
detail, Pictorial Quilt, circa 1795, Brooklyn Museum

detail, Pictorial Quilt, circa 1795, Brooklyn Museum 

detail, Pictorial Quilt, circa 1795, Brooklyn Museum
And on the wall nearby, an early example of reverse applique:

detail, Elizabeth Welsh, West Virginia, Medallion Quilt, circa 1830, Brooklyn Museum  

 Strippie Quilt:
Strippie Quilt, circa 1880, Brooklyn Museum 

Strippie Quilt, circa 1880, Brooklyn Museum
How about this beauty? So graphic, so "modern" looking - which is really just to say that it appeals to our trendy sense of what "modern" is today, however we choose to define the word in quilting.
Bars Quilt, silk and velvet, circa 1880, Brooklyn Museum 

Detail, Bars Quilt, silk and velvet, circa 1880, Brooklyn Museum 

Detail, Bars Quilt, silk and velvet, circa 1880, Brooklyn Museum 

Detail, Bars Quilt, silk and velvet, circa 1880, Brooklyn Museum
And my oh my, this one! 

detail, Tumbling Blocks Quilt, circa 1865-70, Victoria Royall Broadhead, Brooklyn Museum 


Thank you, Ms. Victoria Royall Broadhead, for labeling your quilt!  I think it is interesting that you called the pattern "box and star".


 Your quilt received acclaim in its day, but did you ever think it would be exhibited in the Brooklyn Museum?

detail, Tumbling Blocks Quilt, circa 1865-70, Victoria Royall Broadhead, Brooklyn Museum 

It is stunning!
Tumbling Blocks Quilt, circa 1865-70, Victoria Royall Broadhead, Brooklyn Museum 

And, how about this superb example of a Crazy Quilt:

Crazy Quilt, circa 1875-1900, silk, brocade, velvet, Brooklyn Museum 

detail, Crazy Quilt, circa 1875-1900, silk, brocade, velvet, Brooklyn Museum

detail, Crazy Quilt, circa 1875-1900, silk, brocade, velvet, Brooklyn Museum




detail, Crazy Quilt, circa 1875-1900, silk, brocade, velvet, Brooklyn Museum


detail, Crazy Quilt, circa 1875-1900, silk, brocade, velvet, Brooklyn Museum

The requisite spiderweb:

detail, Crazy Quilt, circa 1875-1900, silk, brocade, velvet, Brooklyn Museum

detail, Crazy Quilt, circa 1875-1900, silk, brocade, velvet, Brooklyn Museum

detail, Crazy Quilt, circa 1875-1900, silk, brocade, velvet, Brooklyn Museum
 You can imagine that ChrissieD and I could have studied this quilt for a long long time.

detail, Crazy Quilt, circa 1875-1900, silk, brocade, velvet, Brooklyn Museum
Detail, fine handwork, and inspiration all around:





To be continued......