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Beginning in March 2017, The Charleston Museum’s Textile Gallery will present a unique display of themed historic quilts from its extensive quilt collection. First on display will be Piece by Piece: Quilts Inspired by Nature, consisting of beautiful handworked quilts from the early 19th century to the late 20th century in which the makers expressed their appreciation of the natural world through the intricate botanical designs adorned on these pieces. From elegant chintz masterworks and traditional appliqué florals to stunning whitework examples, these quilts demonstrate a love of nature and skill with a needle that helps tell an important story of women in the Lowcountry.
Selections will include a monumental chintz Tree of Life by Maria Boyd Schulz, c. 1840, a floral chintz appliqué album quilt made by Gracy Drummond in 1845, a whitework cornucopia made by Elizabeth Savage Heyward, c. 1800, a charming water lily appliqué quilt made by Dora Schwettmann in the 1930s, and a beautiful basket of flowers made by the Cobblestone Quilters Guild in 1994. From palm trees and ivy to pineapples and cactus plants, the gallery will be alive with these quilted treasures.
Just below the surface of the Earth, rocks and minerals make up the foundation on which we have built our society. Just Below the Surface: Digging Deep into Rocks and Minerals explores the many different groups of rocks and minerals that make up the world around us. We ourselves are composed of minerals such as those found in teeth and bones. The technology we use every day in our homes such as computers, cell phones, and televisions have components made from rocks and minerals. Minerals such as quartz and feldspar are found in glass and concrete, metallic minerals contain iron which we use to build our cars and homes, and various other minerals are used to build the circuit boards for all manner of devices. Even the world money system has dependent on the worth gold and silver ore and other minerals, such as platinum, are often attributed high monetary worth due to their scarcity.
Rocks and minerals can also tell humans about our prehistoric past. Meteorites have chemistry similar to the Earth’s core, which allows us to study what the Earth may have been like early in its formation. Rocks like sandstone can preserve fossilized remains of animals and plants of the past. Just Below the Surface will explore how these various rocks and minerals form, what rocks and minerals certain everyday objects are composed of, and how these resources are obtained and reused.
Beginning in March 2017, The Charleston Museum’s Textile Gallery will present a unique display of themed historic quilts from its extensive quilt collection. First on display will be Piece by Piece: Quilts Inspired by Nature. Part two of the presentation, Piece by Piece: Quilted Geometry, will open in August of 2017. Different shapes and piecing techniques have traditionally been mainstays of the quilting craft. From magnificent stars to traditional nine-patch, these quilts will also include clever hexagons of English paper-template piecing along with Log Cabins, Flying Geese, Chimney Sweeps and even a few Crazy Quilts. With their creative use of shapes, patterns and design, these eye-catching historic pieces represent true works of art that will appeal to both the quilter and non-quilter alike.buy tickets