Thursday, April 14, 2011

Artist unidentified

I am reading, studying and marveling over this book:  "Quilts:  Masterworks form the American Folk Art Museum". 

A quote from the book's intro:

'Each quilt tells a story about its maker and her community;  seen together, these textiles paint a broad picture of the development of a national character and uncover the hidden history of women's contribution to art.' 

What really struck me looking through these quilts was that many of them are labeled "Artist unidentified." The year can always be estimated based on the design, pattern and fabrics, but isn't it amazing and sad that the quilt maker is not always known.? Some of them date back to the 1700's. 

Just imagine creating a work of art that lives on 300 years later. So,don't forget those labels and documentation I talked about last week!  

And don't forget to support your local library.  I was able to borrow this wonderful book through our wonderful Mercer library.

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