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1  UNITED STATES / Massachusetts / Lowell, MA: Masters: Art Quilts: 40 Contemporary Master Quilters on: September 18, 2009 09:20:55 AM
Masters: 40 Contemporary Master Quilters explores the cutting edge of art quilting, with todays most regarded global quilt artists represented in this comprehensive exhibition. Guest curator Martha Sielman has assembled a seminal collection of representative works by master art quilters, explored in this exhibition and in Sielmans companion book, Masters: Art Quilts. In this expansive look at the state of art quilting, Masters brings together works by artists from around the world including Australia, the UK, Japan, Israel, Hungary, France, South Africa, Denmark, and Belgium. For those unfamiliar with art quilting, a great introductionfor those who have long appreciated the art quilt, a welcome chance to see old favorites and new discoveries.
2  UNITED STATES / Massachusetts / Lowell, MA: Haberdashery Textiles in Antique Quilts on: July 14, 2009 10:37:00 AM
Lowell, MAThe New England Quilt Museum is pleased to announce their first exhibition of their Fall season, Master Pieces: Haberdashery Textiles in Antique Quilts. Featuring quilts made from recycled mens fashions, this remarkable exhibition brings together over 40 stunningly graphic works made from simple utilitarian fabrics.
The antique quilts on exhibit are made of menswear fabrics recycled from suits and shirts, neckties, pajamas and woolen underwear, military uniforms, work clotheseven argyle socks. Some are also artful salvaging of menswear swatch sample books and fabric mill remnants. Made in the 19th and early 20th centuries, these quilts are often unique and whimsical. Simple squares arranged in an argyle pattern prove, on close inspection, to be made from scraps of argyle socks. A delicate, shimmering kaleidoscope of reds and yellows is pieced from sturdy flannel shirts. Bright, dimensional flowers are crafted on a base of old wool suits.
In addition to the quilts themselves, the exhibit will feature historic advertisements, swatch books, and catalogs from menswear companies, dating from the 1900s through the 1920s, including several items from the vaults of Brooks Brothers, the chief sponsor of the exhibition.
The tradition of making unique, often very personal quilts from repurposed menswear gained popularity around 1850, and lasted until the 1950s. Today, we are seeing the tradition revive with memory quilts made from old T-shirts, designed as birthday and graduation gifts, and stitched from shirts that have personal memories associated with them. Repurposing old clothing is also seeing a longstanding revival as environmental awareness leads consumers to re-use clothes by re-making them into new items.
Visually stunning and strikingly modern, these antique textiles make distinct graphical statements out of the most everyday materials.
The guest curator for the exhibit is noted antiques authority and TV personality Laura Fisher, of Fisher Heritage, who will be lecturing at the opening reception on September 26. In addition, historic textile expert Pam Weeks will deliver a lecture on October 17.
Support for this exhibition is provided in part by Brooks Brothers and by P&B Textiles. The opening reception is sponsored by School House Quilters.
3  UNITED STATES / Massachusetts / Lowell, MA: Lowell Quilt Festival on: June 26, 2009 09:27:26 AM
The Lowell Quilt Festival, the annual city-wide spectacular celebration of quilts, offers a visual feast of color and creativity to visitors of Lowell, Massachusetts! From small to large, traditional to contemporary, hand-work to machine-work, simple to spectacular, the Lowell Quilt Festival quilts are a must-see for all who enjoy and appreciate the work of highly talented and expert artisans.
This year's festival will be held August 69, 2009 and will feature:

    * The juried Images quilt show, featuring over 300 quilts, with cash prizes in several categories.
    * An exhibit of antique quilts discovered by the Massachusetts Documentation Project
    * Several additional specially selected exhibits for the festival.
    * Exhibits of youth quilts and community quilts
    * Classes and lectures by nationally acclaimed teachers.
    * Auctions of quilts and quilt-related items.
    * Quilt appraisals
    * Over 40 vendors of quilting supplies from New England and beyond.

Many of Lowell's cultural organizations will hold quilt-related events during the festival
4  UNITED STATES / Massachusetts / Lowell, MA: Massachusetts Quilts: Our Common Wealth on: June 26, 2009 08:47:10 AM
Since 1994, the Massachusetts Quilt Documentation Project has documented over 6,000 quilts originating or currently owned in the state. Some of the most interesting quilts will be on display at the New England Quilt Museum in "Massachusetts Quilts: Our Common Wealth". Curated by noted quilt historian and lecturer Vivien Lee Sayre, the exhibition will bring together quilts, historic photographs, and memorabilia to tell many of the compelling stories of the state's social history. The exhibition opens on Friday, July 17 with a reception and book signing from 5 to 7pm, and runs through September 24. For more information, visit www.nequiltmuseum.org
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