[My Chamber of Textile Thoughts. No: XXVIII| By Viveka Hansen]
During this year I have had the opportunity within my work at The IK Foundation’s fieldwork “The Bridge Builder Expedition – North America“ to take part in a journey covering the province of Quebec in Canada and the U.S. states Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts and finally a stay in Washington D.C. Textile studies were also possible, planned as well as spontaneous! This first post will display and describe some examples from the fascination of finding unexpected textile gems and traditions, while more detailed articles will follow in the autumn and winter dealing with studies of rare publications, textile materials, natural dyes, special collections etc. The aim with this new series of “Textile Thoughts” is to give a number of historical observations from N.E. USA and S.E. Canada – spanning from the 16th- to the 19th century.
To be continued…
Sources: The historical facts for each item/image is collected from respective museum exhibitions in 2014 at my visits.
- American Folk Art Museum, New York, NY.
- Lower Quebec City, Quebec [information board, rue de Notre Dame].
- National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, D.C.
- Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
- Second Bank of the United States/Portrait Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
PLEASE REFERENCE AS FOLLOWS:
- Hansen, Viveka, ‘Unexpected Historical Textiles & Traditions in North America’, TEXTILIS (September 6, 2014); http://textilis.net/ (Accessed: Day/Month/Year)