Upcoming Events » NEQM Opening Reception: Contemporary Broderie Perse

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July 17, 2010 1:00 pm
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New England Quilt Museum
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18 Shattuck Street
Lowell, MA
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Opening reception for Contemporary Broderie Perse.

Join the New England Quilt Museum for the opening reception for its major summer exhibition, “Contemporary Broderie Perse: An Elegant Revival,” featuring modern-day interpretations of some of the most detailed, finely-wrought quilts in the American tradition.

Combining collage, fine appliqué, and fine quilting, broderie perse, also known as cut-out chintz appliqué, presents a high point in the art of quilting and deserves the admiration and attention of all who appreciate fine needlework. The technique emerged in the late eighteenth century when chintz fabrics were very expensive and only the very wealthy could afford whole cloth bed coverings made from large pieces of chintz. By cutting motifs out of a small amount of fabric, the quilter could rearrange them onto a large field of inexpensive plain cotton to imitate the designs on larger fabrics.

Plain cream or white fields filled by fine quilting surround the trees, floral sprays, wreaths, urns, birds, and baskets appliquéd with tiny whip, buttonhole, or reverse buttonhole stitches. The style, which was very popular in the Middle Atlantic states and the South into the 1840s, largely disappeared after the 1850s. The exhibition presents 30 contemporary broderie perse quilts and several antique examples in order to familiarize viewers with the style and its history.

The reception features a talk by guest curator Anita B. Loscalzo on the history of broderie perse techniques. Support for this exhibition is provided in part by Marcus Textiles.

The exhibition runs from July 15, 2010 – October 17, 2010.

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