Textiles, travel and Teaching
taking quilting one step further.
The Amana Colonies stem from a religious movement started in 1714 in Germany by Eberhard L. Gruber and Johann F. Rock. They had both grown displeased with the dogmatism of the Lutheran Church and began to study the Pietism teachings of Philipp Spener. Gruber and Rock fervently spread their beliefs and gained a following originally known as the New Spiritual Economy. 

The villages are absolutely delightful and well worth a visit.
I've been watching Sophie Standings Textile Art for a long time.!!!
  • Huichol art broadly groups the most traditional and most recent innovations in the folk art and handcrafts produced by the Huichol people, who live in the states of Jalisco and Nayarit in Mexico. The unifying factor of the work is the colorful decoration using symbols and designs which date back centuries. The most common and commercial successful products are “yarn paintings” and objects decorated with small commercially produced beads. Yarn paintings consist of commercial yarn pressed into boards coated with wax and resin and are derived from a ceremonial tablet called a neirika. The Huichol have a long history of beading, making the beads from clay, shells, corals, seeds and more and using them to make jewelry and to decorate bowls and other items. The “modern” beadwork usually consists of masks and wood sculptures covered in small, brightly colored commercial beads fastened with wax and resin.
  • While the materials have changed and the purpose of many of the items have changed from religious to commercial purposes, the designs have changed little and many retain their religious and symbolic significance. Most outsiders experience with Huichol art is as tourists in areas such as Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta without knowing anything about who makes the items and the meanings of the designs. There are some notable Huichol artists in the yarn painting and beadwork fields and both types of work have been commissioned for public display.

I've sent this vido to the Grandies to try.

Korean quilting is quite different to quilting as we know it.! What are pojagi quilts? Korean quilts use a different technique than French seams, so pojagi seams have the raw edges folded inside the seam and the back is the same as the front. Quite often the pieces are placed in random patterns. The quilts we saw yesterday were made by a textile artist, Sunghee Kim  from Korea. The fibers were hand dyed and glowed like a stained glass window.
Beautiful Textiles, hand embroidered, woven and hand dyed.
Repurposed beads and buttons create images from Haiti.
Dishes from Uzbekistan - Rustam Uzmanov and Damir Uzmanov

OK, so it's a strange quirky habit that I have. I've written a blog almost every day for 12 years.
Somehow it's my way of winding down and capturing the wonderful things I see and experience during the day. I feel as if the day is not complete  if I'm unable to do it and its  almost 3 weeks since I was able to post.
Now we are in a Hotel with fast wifi and I'm in heaven.
Friend Lisa and I left Alamogordo late this afternoon and traveled the 250 miles or so to Santa Fe. Great things await us tomorrow, the beginning of the Santa Fe Folk Art Festival.
It's not the only reason we are traveling, but if you dare to pop in every now and then and travel with us all will be revealed.
We  found a car yard of big old studebakers. and it was the colors that excited me the most.
Michael Cummings

Bright, colorful, brash and provocative at times, Michael Cummins work captures the spirit of Textile art as an 'Art' medium.
I was moved by his ability to present his interpretations with thread and fabric.
These are truly 'Stories in cloth'.
Goodbye New York

These images capture a small window on Times Square.
Forgive me for not editing all of these photos, it takes such a long time and I figure you could work them out for yourselves.
I have added the images taken with my large camera and then the names of the makers have been unedited and place on file.

Oh, I thought I had all the names... sorry.

I thought the  exhibition was well done 
Today I will go to the Quilt Shop to find the fabric


Pam Holland Designs and Productions.