What do you think of these quilts made by military men?
Just a heads up that I'll be taking over the @afamuseum instagram stories on Friday 12/8 to do a walkthrough of their latest exhibit, War and Pieced - the Annette Gero Collection of Quilts from Military Fabrics. I had a blast viewing it for the first time a few weeks back when I shot these clips and can't wait to take the in depth look tomorrow.
War and Pieced is the first exhibition in the United States to showcase the spectacularly complex geometric quilts made exclusively by men using richly dyed wools derived from British military and dress uniforms. Once termed “soldiers’ quilts” or “convalescent quilts,” the pieced textiles are most closely associated with the Crimean War as well as conflicts in India, South Africa, and other troubled regions of the British Empire during the nineteenth century. The exhibition further relates these military quilts to an earlier technique of pictorial inlaid or intarsia quilts, made with felted wools during the Prussian and Napoleonic wars beginning in the mid-eighteenth century. The visual virtuosity of the quilts, often incorporating many thousands of pieces no larger than one-inch square, assumes a deeper emotional resonance as we consider them within the matrix of war and its aftermath. (From the American Folk Art museum website)
If your unable to make it to NYC, it'll be a great opportunity to see the stunning works up close!
Happy Thursday everybody! 😀