To be a bit cliché, this shoemaker is a professional Web Developer and her child is this blog, but it was past time to launch what I have of a new design. All the content is still here, everything else is a work in progress (kind of like most of my sewing projects)!
Yesterday, I turned 26. I don’t recall ever thinking about myself at 26 when I was younger—I don’t tend to imagine myself at such-and-such age in the future. But, I am pretty confident that my teenage self wouldn’t have imagined me quite like this.
I live in New York, and didn’t return to the Midwest after graduating college.
Carl and I have been together for five years come August. We own a house. And a dog. And things like bedroom furniture.
I’ve determined that my mom can no longer blame me for her grey hairs, because I found one the other day and I don’t have kids to blame.
I quilt. I’m addicted to quilting and making other things with fabric. July marks two full years that I’ve been quilting, although I’ve been sewing for probably 20 or more, now.
The exhibit is a collection of textile scraps left in the Foundling Hospital’s 18th century records about the abandoned children in their care.
In the cases of more than 4,000 babies left between 1741 and 1760, a small object or token, usually a piece of fabric, was kept as an identifying record. The fabric was either provided by the mother or cut from the child’s clothing by the hospital’s nurses. Attached to registration forms and bound up into ledgers, these pieces of fabric form the largest collection of everyday textiles surviving in Britain from the 18th Century. Read more about the exhibit
If you’re in, or visiting, London, the show is open until March 6, 2011.
Three centuries of historic threads help illuminate the lives of the men and women who once wore the clothing in this exhibition. From attending formal balls to getting dressed for bed, the antique clothing in the collections of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg tells the story of daily life. Clothing that once hung in wardrobes and lay piled in trunks is on display here for the eyes of a new century.
They haven’t yet launched the full exhibit; only formal clothing and accessories are currently available, but even that is quite interesting. The online exhibit is part of Fashion Accessories from Head to Toe: 1600 to 1840, which runs in Colonial Williamsburg January 28, 2011–December 31, 2012.
It just closed at the Cincinnati Art Museum, which owns most of the pieces in the show.
If you can’t wait for June—or don’t live near Utica—a book of the same title is available. The book is authored by Cynthia Amneus, the associate curator of costume and textiles at the Cincinnati Art Museum; Sara Long Butler, Professor of Costume Studies at Miami University in Ohio; and Katherine Jellison, Associate Professor of History at Ohio University. It’s on my wishlist, but I haven’t yet looked through a printed copy.
If you happen to know if it’s opening at another museum in between Cincinnati and MWPAI, let us know in the comments.