Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Bigger Than A Scrapbook: The Talking Quilts of Lauren Austin

On January 15th we visited "Bigger Than A Scrapbook: The Talking Quilts of Lauren Austin". This is a quilt exhibition taking place in the Crealde School of art and the Hannibal Square Heritage Center.

The visit served several purposes; we went to learn new techniques, find inspiration, and to enjoy a nice evening out. Sam again made the trek all the way from Sarasota to join us, and this time he brought his friend Sarah with him. He even took a minute off from working on his thesis to dance a little bit to the rhythm of the steel drums that accompanied the Heritage Center portion of the exhibit. 

Sarah Downs brought her new (awesome) camera, which allowed us to take several high quality pictures of the quilts. Hopefully these will come in handy during the stitching process.

Betty, Linda Lee, her daughter and grandchildren all came to learn from the show. One of the highlights of the night was a conversation with the artist. She shared her personal sketchbook with us, and emphasized to the former farmworkers working on the quilt the value of persistence. We do have this on video, so look forward to a great update on the near future.

Tomorrow (Thursday, February 4) and Friday we will be returning to the show with more farmworkers. Join us at: 

Crealde School of Art
St. Andrews Boulevard
Winter Park, Florida 32792

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