Held Together by a Thread by Susan Lenz art quilt. Antique quilt fragments, recycled felt batting, vintage tablecloth backing, hand stitching.
Miriam Schapiro, Anonymous was a Woman, 1976.
Patchwork Coverlet from Somerset, England, 1802-1830
“The coverlet is composed of hundreds of tiny pieces of printed cotton, and some printed linen. One stylised flower printed in red on green comes from India, where the technique of printing with wooden blocks on cotton was first perfected. Another fabric used was a large-scale furnishing linen, printed in France. The coverlet is dominated by the many attractive, small-scale floral sprigs and stripes that became so fashionable in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century, and show the great variety of designs that became available from Britain’s manufacturers as mechanisation and technology improved.The variety of printed cottons available by the end of the 18th century can be seen in the wide range of dress fabrics used here. They include a large-scale copperplate-printed textile of the 1780s (possibly French); an Indian fabric in red and green; a flag design, possibly commemorating a naval victory; and several cottons in the ‘seaweed’ style popular in the 1820s.The embroidery at the centre - ‘Ann Randoll / October 27 1802’ - records a date significantly earlier than some of the textiles.”