Quilt scholars, enthusiasts explore history of New England textile art form
(Sturbridge, Mass.) Feb. 25, 2011 - Old Sturbridge Village in Massaschusetts will present a day-long Collectors' Forum on Sat. April 30 highlighting "Quilts in New England," featuring noted quilt scholars, connoisseurs, collectors and enthusiasts. Morning sessions will cover collecting quilts, quilt techniques, fabrics, and the lives of women who created these extraordinary pieces of textile art. Afternoon sessions will include quilt stenciling, an in-depth look at the "quilt as you go" technique, and an old-fashioned "quilting party" in OSV's historic Salem Towne house. Forum attendees receive museum admission and may also tour the newly-mounted second portion of the exhibit: More Beautiful Than Any Other: Quilts from the Old Sturbridge Village Collection.
OSV Collectors' Forum speakers will include Lynne Z. Bassett, author, independent curator, and textile historian; Pam Parmal, curator of textile and fashion arts of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and independent quilt historians Anita Loscalzo and Pam Weeks. A demonstration of stenciled quilts will be presented by OSV member Judy Thornton. Select quilts from the museum's collection will be displayed on beds within some of the Village's historic homes, and others will be on view in the OSV Fuller Conference Center, where Forum talks will be held. The Old Sturbridge Village Collectors' Forum is open to the public; cost is $80 per person; $65 for museum members. For details: www.osv.org/quilts; 800-SEE-1830.
Lynne Z. Bassett will present Massachusetts Quilts: Our Common Wealth. She is an award-winning scholar specializing in New England's historic costume and textiles. Formerly curator of textiles and fine arts at OSV, she has lectured at Colonial Williamsburg, the American Folk Art Museum, the H.F. DuPont, Winterthur Museum, and is currently guest curator of textiles and costumes for the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Conn. Her new book, Homefront & Battlefield: Civil War Textiles, co-authored with Lynne and Madelyn Shaw, will be published next year.
Pam Parmal will present Collecting Quilts at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Currently the David and Roberta Logie Curator of Textile and Fashion Arts at the MFA, she has curated a number of exhibitions at the museum, including Fashion Show: Paris Collections 2006; And So To Bed: Indian Bed Curtains from an Stately English Home; and Common Threads: A Showcase of Samplers. She is now planning a series of three exhibitions on colonial Boston embroidery, the first of which focuses on samplers and opened with the MFA's new American wing in November 2010.
Anita B. Loscalzo will discuss the Use of Prussian Blue Coloring in Textiles. The former curator of the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, Mass., she was a contributing author to Massachusetts Quilts: Our Common Wealth, and organized the exhibition, Contemporary Broderie Perse, which was shown at the New England Quilt Museum in 2010 and the National Quilt Museum in 2010-2011. She is a member of the American Quilt Study Group and the Alliance for American Quilts.
Expert quilter and fiber artist Pam Weeks will present One Foot Square, Quilted and Bound: The Search for the Origin of Potholder Quilts, and Quilt As You Go: It's Older Than You Think. A certified appraiser of quilted textiles, she is a member of the Professional Association of Appraisers of Quilted Textiles, and the American Quilters Society.
Old Sturbridge Village is one of the oldest and largest living history museums in the country and celebrates New England life from 1790 - 1840. The museum is open year round. For details: www.osv.org; 1-800-733-1830.
Quilt expert and author Lynne Bassett -one of the OSV Collectors' Forum speakers
Pamela Parmal, curator of textile and fashion arts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - one of the OSV Collectors' Forum speakers