Evenings Upstairs - Faces and Places in Kentucky Quilts and Textiles
Thursday, April 21, 2016 | 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Presented by Sandy Staebell, Kentucky Museum Registrar/Collections Curator, Western Kentucky University
The makers of quilts, coverlets, and other textiles have drawn their inspiration from many factors, including the people and places around them. These "faces" might be historical figures such as our first president George Washington, Kentucky political icon Henry Clay, or former National Poet Laureate of the United States, Robert Penn Warren. They may depict fictional characters or anonymous individuals such as Don Quixote. Children are a popular motif in many twentieth century quilts, often represented as nursery rhyme characters. Places can take the form of a physical representation of a building or a geographic location which could mean a pieced "honeymoon cottage" quilt or a courthouse woven into the border of a coverlet. Friendship and signature quilts as well as quilts with religious connections often document the importance of place in a symbolic way. Some of these representations of people and places are done quilt literally while in others the tangible results are more abstract.
This presentation will explore the symbolism behind approximately sixty quilts and other textiles, with an emphasis on pieces with a connection to Kentucky. While the majority date from the 19th and 20th centuries are traditional in nature, some earlier and later examples will also be included.
Co-sponsored by The Friends of the Library & The Kentucky Humanities Council
April 21, 2016 | 7:00 pm | 2nd Floor meeting room
All programs are free and open to the public.
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