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Just found this article From the Wall Street Journal!! Enjoy the article and the slide show! Wish I had been able to attend the exhibit, but even in the slide show the quilts are amazing. . .
New York quilt collector Joanna Rose received her first quilt, a red and white blanket with a schoolhouse design, upon the birth of her first child in 1957. She hasn’t stopped collecting since and has amassed more than 1,300 quilts. When Ms. Rose, who belongs to a prominent New York real-estate family, recently turned 80, she decided to put her entire collection of red and white quilts—some 651—on public display.
Red and white is a classic color combination in quilt making, popular since the early 19th century as a result of the remarkable colorfastness of Turkey red dye, discovered in the Mediterranean and derived from madder root. Ms. Rose’s quilts, made in a variety of patterns and designs, span the 19th to the 21st centuries. No two are identical, and most bear the unique signatures of their makers, sewn neatly at the corners. Elizabeth V. Warren, the exhibit’s co-curator, discovered that two of the quilts, bought separately years apart, were created by the same quilter.
To display the collection, the exhibit’s curators decided on a strikingly modern design. The American Folk Art Museum held a competition for the quilts’ display, inviting submissions from a range of design firms, and ultimately decided on Thinc Design, a New York-based firm that is known for contemporary work. The company is responsible for the interiors of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum and the Beijing Olympic Games Pavilion.
Thinc’s design organizes the quilts into tiers and spirals, ascending to the rafters in three-dimensional circular pavilions and transforming the 55,000-square-foot space of Manhattan’s Wade Thompson Drill Hall at the Armory. “It’s more of a happening than an exhibit,” says Ms. Warren, comparing the project to an indoor version of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s “The Gates,” a site-specific project featuring 23 miles of gates positioned around Central Park in 2005.
A 2010 Quilting in America survey, conducted by TNS Global Inc., indicated that quilting is now a $3.6 billion industry, with upwards of 21 million quilters active in the U.S. alone.
The auction market for quilts has fallen somewhat from its peak about 20 years ago, when quilts became extremely popular with Americana collectors. In 1987, a Baltimore Album Quilt dating to 1840 sold for $176,000 at Sotheby’s; a pictorial Civil War-era quilt sold for $264,000 at the auction house a few years later.
Though the market has cooled off somewhat since then, a rare, beautiful quilt in perfect condition could still fetch $100,000 or more today, says Nancy Druckman, Sotheby’s folk art specialist.
By presenting the exhibit free to the public, the Folk Art Museum hopes to attract new audiences. “This should not be looked at solely as a quilt exhibition,” says Ms. Warren. “The design is so extraordinary that it should appeal to those with an interest in design and graphics.”
Gallery: Quilts at “Infinite Variety”
Did you check out the “supermoon” on Saturday? If not, check out some of these photos from various websites.
Not sure what a “super moon” was??? Well, on Saturday night, the moon appeared about 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than normal, according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The moon’s orbit was the closest to the Earth that it has been since 1993, and that combined with a full moon created the supermoon effect.
WASHINGTON – MARCH 19: In this handout photo provided by NASA, the full moon is seen as it rises near the Lincoln Memorial, March 19, 201, in Washington, DC. The full moon tonight is called a ‘Super Perigee Moon’ since it is at it’s closest to Earth in 2011.
19 March 2010 shines brightly over Buckinghamshire, UK
Washington Moonrise Credit: Tim McCord Skywatcher Tim McCord of Entiat, Washington caught this amazing view of the March 19, 2011 full moon – called a supermoon because the moon was at perigee, the closest point to Earth in its orbit – using a camera-equipped telescope.
Astronaut Paolo Nespoli took this photo of the “supermoon” aboard the International Space Station on March 20, 2011.
Very interesting article from Pantone!
SHADES OF A DECADE:
A LOOK BACK AT 10 YEARS OF PANTONE’S COLOR OF THE YEAR
Each year, Pantone surveys the cultural color landscape and pinpoints an emblematic color that both reflects the zeitgeist and portends the central, imminent color trend across every industry where color is crucial to success.
To decide on the Color of the Year, Pantone color experts confer with a broad cross section of designers from around the world who are involved in fashion, home furnishings and industrial and print design to find out the colors they think will be important in their businesses for the coming year. This input is sifted to find the color family that is fresh and new, as well as common to many different industries. From there, Pantone narrows the palette down to a specific shade within that color family that is consumer friendly and can be used to sell all types of products and packages.
In making its annual color selection, Pantone also considers cultural factors such as social issues, the economy, technology, lifestyles and play styles, diversions, entertainments and the needs, moods, fantasies and aspirations of consumers.
Here is a look back at the first millennial decade as seen through the PANTONE Color of the Year prism: