Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Textiles at Mayo

We're back from Mayo, it was a very successful trip for my husband. I never watch the street signs while we travel and I don't know how I saw this one but I caught it out of the corner of my eye as we went by, then turned around to photograph it.
I worked on this block while at Mayo, it's my husband's childhood home. I'm not quite finished with all of the embroidery details, I want to put in window panes and some grass around the tree, and then all the family details in the front area. The house was dyed with daffodils, the windows from sumac tree bark. the tree branches needle-felted.
The Mayo building has a wonderful art collection from all over the world, modern and antique, they offer guided art tours. The building has 19 floors. As you get off the elevator on each floor, there is a glass case with a textile from around the world (vintage and antique) on display. Then, as you turn to walk to your doctors waiting area, one side of the building is all glass windows looking out over the town. They have glass sculptures on display from famous glass artists all over the world. While my husband waited for appointments I rode the elevator to all the floors and photographed the textiles and some of the glass sculptures. I was in heaven, I'll share of some of them with you.
Bolivia Women's cermonial mantle, 19 mid century, alpaca. I don't know how well you can read this description, I tried to photograph it through the glass. There is so much work put into the all the textiles, I wish it would have been easier for you to read, the descriptions mean a lot.

Japanese Robe, Late 20th century. cotton Used indigo-dyed cotton embellished with applique and embroidery. Poverty necessitated frugality. The motifs for textile design were passed from mother to daughter, children sometimes learned them by drawing in sand.
I don't know much about glass artists but I do know Dale Chihuly's work. These are 13 of his pieces in the lobby. They are breath taking. I would hate to dust them!

Amish quilt. Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Cotton and wool Circa 1890 to 1900.


Detail of corner. Autumn. wool tapestry, 8' x 13'. This tapestry is very dramatic (and huge). Artist Zophia Butrymowicz, Poland
This quilt is in the breast cancer library. I don't know who the artist is. This sculpture is also there, the artist is Jane Buckles from Canada, it brought tears to my eyes looking at it. These are her words: What you see before you is a woman "stopped dead" in her tracks. Behind her is strewn the once, but no longer, important day timer, its pages crowded with the banalities of existence. As with the metamorphosis a butterfly experiences, I see the survivor, through her cancer, transformed into a beautiful creature with a heightened awareness and reverence to the preciousness of life.

I'll share some more of Mayo's collection with you soon.

2 comments:

Melodie said...

Impressive! At first look I thought the glass sculpture was some kind of plant!!
My Jennifer is into everything Japanese........she loves the robe!!
So, is John ok?

Deb H said...

Wow! Great art, you were right! The doll is really moving with the sentiments behind it. That one quilt with the Fireweed looks familiar to me. I wonder if an Alaskan made it.

I too was hoping you might mention what they decided on John. We've been concerned about him.

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