This picture looked familiar, and so it was. I wrote about Edward Curtis before, but the NYTimes has a review of a new book about him, including a slide show of photographs. Sometimes I think it’s better to not know much about people. Art is much easier to appreciate then. Not true, really, but the knowledge of the person behind the work does influence the emotion that a work can invoke. Or maybe not…what about you?

Moving on to another segment of our history…I love quilts and own some very old ones. I also have quilts made by my grandmother, using scraps from clothing, not only from my dresses, but also from my sisters. However, I don’t think of quilts as a story telling venue.

Back in June (yes, I know, that was months ago), there was a review for an exhibit at the American Textile Museum in Lowell, Massachusetts. This exhibit is about textiles from the Civil War era. A quote from the review:

To cut off the Confederate Army from access to new uniforms, tents and bedding, the Union troops even kidnapped female knitters, weavers and seamstresses and deported them northward. “You don’t just let them stay there so they can move a hundred miles south and work in another mill,” said Madelyn Shaw, a curator of the exhibition “Homefront & Battlefield: Quilts & Context in the Civil War,” opening Saturday at the American Textile History Museum in Lowell, Mass.

Check out the review, because books and another exhibit are mentioned.

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