Upcoming Events » “An Appreciation of Amish Color” Lecture by Gerald Roy

April 17, 2010 1:00 pm
New England Quilt Museum
18 Shattuck Street
Lowell, MA 01852

An Appreciation of Amish Color at NEQM.

Join the New England Quilt Museum on Saturday, April 17 at 1 pm for a lecture by noted quilt designer and historian Gerald Roy. Mr. Roy shared some insights on Amish color with us as a preview of his lecture:

“The understanding and appreciation of Amish quilts is not always immediate. Sometimes it is necessary to change stereotypical prejudices formed through past experience. As children we are taught that ‘dark and dull is evil or depressing’ so we believe it. The good cowboy always has a white hat, the bad black. We are told that certain colors “go together” and others don’t, so we believe it. Pink and orange don’t go together so ‘go up and change.’

The color of Amish quilts is the result of a culture different than ours; a culture that observes different traditions, habits, and observances; a practical and simple culture.

Practical in terms of clothing and attire means choosing fabrics that don’t show dirt but conform to religious requirements; plain and simple.

The color of Amish quilts reflects the fabrics accepted by that culture. A variety of cultural differences occur from one community to the other. As these differences occur some are reflected by slight variations evident in their clothing and therefore their quilts.

Appreciating Amish quilts is first; opening your minds to a different aesthetic and letting go of traditional rules of color is second.

There is no right or wrong, good or bad, just what works and what doesn’t.

Come and see for yourself.”

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