‘Workt by Hand’ - Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts (Washington Post)

Two centuries of women’s work and the myriad ways that’s been historically valued are on display at the National Museum of Women in the Arts exhibition, “Workt by Hand: Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts.”

The term “Workt by hand” is common in quilting parlance and refers to the distinctive skill and personal connection a craftsperson brings to each object. Through patterns and styles — including “barn raising,” “log cabin,” “double wedding band” and “crazy quilts” — the 35 works from the 18th to 20th centuries act as a stand-in for larger questions of art vs. craft, authorship and anonymity, and the relative weight of women's labor and influence during specific cultural moments.

The five-part exhibition comes from the Brooklyn Museum’s decorative arts collection. It is divided into overarching themes, not wholly chronological, that provide a feminist framework and context to the understanding and resonance of quilts dating back to America's earliest times.

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Comment by Louise Perrone on January 6, 2014 at 4:43pm

thinking about adding "workt by hand" to the descriptions on my pieces...

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