Lyric Kinard - an American Quilt artist, teacher and author is doing a series of blog posts about showing work in various venues. One of the posts was about showing work in a museum.
Sandy Snowden emailed her about our involvement with the Slough Museum and the various doors opened up through that experience. Lyric looked at our website, the Whatever Floats blog, and the Whatever Floats Your Boat ... online catalogue and asked if she could do a blog post reporting about our experience.
If you would like to read Lyric's blog - find it here
On Tuesday the Whatever floats your boat ... exhibition was installed for its final showing at the National Needlework Archive near Newbury. Thanks to Sandy and Mavis who put the show up with me. Some new pieces are on show - including this beautiful embroidery of trees by Marion Robertson, and embroidered books by Annie Hamilton.
For the Summer Term from Easter to July, we showed a selection of work from the 'Whatever floats your boat...' exhibition in the dramatic modern architectural setting of the Langley Academy main foyer.
We received some lovely feedback from Suzie who invited us to show our work:
"Displaying ‘Whatever floats your boat’ was an opportunity to show our students how contemporary designers use museums. Our work at the academy is about showcasing museum collections and making those collections relevant to our students, this exhibition explored this. Our GCSE textile students were able to see the range of interpretations and use that in research for their studies. We would definitely be interested in displaying future work."
Suzie Parr, Langley Academy
The Langley Academy is the only school in the UK with a museum learning focus. Museums are gateways to real things, real stories and real people; museum collections make learning meaningful for students.
And here are some photos of the work in situ. Note the advantage of the glass case for the beautiful presentation of the ribbons of Jane Edmonds Olympic Contrasts folded book, and lovely to see the iron on display next to Christine Restall's sample piece for her work Flat Irons.
Artists shown were: Gaynor Lloyd, Jane Edmonds, Mary Parry, Vicki Chambers, Jane Glennie, Delia Salter, Margaret Cooter, Ros Crouch, Clare Williams and Christine Restall.
Fantastic article on our upcoming exhibition in Newbury (19 September to 26 October) at the National Needlework Archive by Delia Salter. Get your copy ...
For more information about visiting the exhibition see the website for the National Needlework Archive
News and progress from the group