Art Quilts Lowell 2010 will provide an overview of the finest art quilts by artists from the United States and Canada. Moving from beds to the walls of collectors, galleries and museums, art quilts have beautifully and forever blurred the boundaries between art and craft. These modern alchemists transform the functional domestic textile into objects of exquisite depth and intensity.

Trunk Show! Saturday, August 14 from noon to 3. Kyoto Kimono of New York will be on site with a trunk show offering a selection of full kimono garments – robes, jackets, obi sashes – as well as vintage kimono textiles and gift items created from them. Silks, cottons, and blends; shibori, ikat, and brocades; by the bundle, packet or piece, with inspiration in every one. Nancy will be on hand from 3pm to discuss Japanese textiles and answer questions.

Kyoto Kimono has been in business for over 11 years. The owner, Nancy McDonough, arrived in Kyoto, Japan in 1992 to teach English and recruit other ESL teachers. She soon fell in love with Japanese textiles and by the time she returned to Oregon in 1995, she had accumulated over 200 kimonos. After that, there was no turning back — what started out as a hobby business became full time after the first year on the internet in 2000.

Each vintage kimono is unique, offering its own expression of Japanese life and culture. They are truly wearable art: “Kyoto Kimono prices are modest because we want to make kimonos and Japanese textiles available to everyone. They were part of daily life in Japan, and we hope they can be part of your life, too.”

More information can be found online at http://kyotokimono.com