January 16 to April 12, 2014 Quilts Japan The 11th Quilt Nihon Exhibition
The New England Quilt Museum is the only Northeast venue to showcase these award-winning quilts from the international competition of the Japanese Handicraft Instructors' Association.
For more than 40 years, the Japanese Handicraft Instructors’ Association (JHIA) has been promoting handicraft in Japan by educating and training instructors in a variety of specialties. The JHIA boasts 6,000 quilters among its 12,000 members. Their biannual Quilt Nihon Exhibition is the largest international quilting contest in Japan.
The 11th competition drew 377 quilt entries from 15 countries. Judging took place in November 2011, and 75 quilts in both traditional and contemporary categories were selected for display at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum in 2012. The best of those will be featured in this traveling exhibition. Other U.S. destinations include the National Quilt Museum and the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts.
In the Classroom Gallery EXTENDED UNTIL MARCH 29, 2014
Embellishments: Constructing Victorian Detail Dresses from 1870 to 1910
The Victorian-era garments and accessories on display in the Classroom Gallery at the New England Quilt Museum, January 22 to March 22, explore the aesthetics of 19th-century clothing design and how their embellishments were constructed.
The exhibit borrows from the Irma Bowen Textile Collection at the University of New Hampshire, selected from some 600 textile pieces originally gathered by Bowen to demonstrate fashion history and dressmaking technique for classes she taught at UNH from the 1920s through the 1940s.
“To embellish something, to transform it with decoration and then add more, is at the core of the Victorian sense of beauty,” says Astrida Schaeffer, guest curator for the exhibit. “Yet the fabulous effect is in fact the result of just a few simple design principles combined in a variety of ways. ‘Embellishments’ looks at what these principles are, and how they are applied, to help you see Victorian fashion in a new way.”
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2014 EXHIBITION SCHEDULE FOR THE MAIN GALLERIES:
January 16 - April 12 QUILT JAPAN The 11th Quilt Nihon Exhibition
April 17 - July 6 CHARMED Every Piece Is Different
July 10 - October 5 DOWN BY THE OLD MILL STREAM Rhode Island Quilts
October 9 - December 31 HUMOROUS QUILTS Keeping Us In Stitches
2014 EXHIBITION SCHEDULE FOR THE CLASSROOM GALLERY:
January 22 - March 22 Embellishments Constructing Victorian Detail
April 23 - May 31 Picture Perfect Images on Quilts
June 2 - July 31 Contemporary Masters
August 1 - October 25 Revival Quilts inspired by the Colonial Revival
The New England Quilt Museum is supported in part by a grant from Massachusetts Cultural Council.
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