Adventures at the Denver Art Museum SPUN Exhibit

I enjoy reading what others here at Sew News thought on the exhibit SPUN Adventures in Textiles at the Denver Art Museum.  However, due to my severe Sewing ADHD I was having a hard time picking something to focus on for longer than three minutes. To start there was a wonderful lecture on textiles by Alice Zrebiec,

speaker 300x225 Adventures at the Denver Art Museum SPUN Exhibitwhich sounded absolutely fascinating for the four minutes I was listening, but then I had to investigate the most amazing piece of hand dyed silk used for a Indian ceremonial robe displayed on a wall in beautiful endless folds.

silk scarf e1369322473443 225x300 Adventures at the Denver Art Museum SPUN ExhibitAnd, look at this amazing Ikat design here! The colors are so bold and contemporary.

ikat1 300x292 Adventures at the Denver Art Museum SPUN ExhibitAnd, this beautiful spun silk kimono from the 1800’s with a stunning children’s kimono in orange (all I could think was that no child of mine would I allow to wear that, EVER).

childrens kimono 300x225 Adventures at the Denver Art Museum SPUN ExhibitThen there was this awesome hand embroidery for a woman’s coat from Romania.

woman coat 1900 romania11 300x242 Adventures at the Denver Art Museum SPUN ExhibitBut, wait look at this sweet sewing kit!

sewingkit 300x225 Adventures at the Denver Art Museum SPUN ExhibitIn the same gallery there was a scarf from Raymond Duncan who was the sister of Isadore that was immense and beautiful and more than slightly foreboding in its size.

duncan1 300x300 Adventures at the Denver Art Museum SPUN ExhibitI got side tracked and separated by my group by the Pattern Play exhibit.  In this exhibit textile artist/designer Jacqueline Groag is displayed through out the area. But, what I gyrated towards was the vintage dresses. Made from post world War 2 rayon they had such wonderful drape, still perfect in the 21st century.

dresses1 240x300 Adventures at the Denver Art Museum SPUN ExhibitDid I mention the Thread Studio? This is a lovely place to go and relax and take in all that you’ve seen.  But there is plenty to do here as well.  You can do some hand embroidery, or some contemporary weaving with bungee cords and nylon.  Or just get lost in all the wonderful artifacts, sewing and crafting tools and the sweet sentiments that people have loaned or donated to the museum to proclaim their love of textiles, craft and sewing.

quite room 300x225 Adventures at the Denver Art Museum SPUN ExhibitMy favorite piece here was this quilt block made by Amy Gibson from silk the artist’s grandfather had bought for his wife but she never used.  This artist made the dress from the silk and then in the background she used the handkerchiefs from her grandmother.  Such a brilliant and touching tribute to her grandparents and all things handmade.

silk1 252x300 Adventures at the Denver Art Museum SPUN ExhibitAnd, there is so much more to see!

The SPUN exhibit is big and amazing. I can see myself going multiple times to get it all.  I would recommend that if you do go to check the Denver Art Museum and find an exhibit or two that strike your fancy.  Take your time and savor it all.  Then come back through the summer for more exhibits, lectures and beauty.

About Jill

I write for the Sew News and Creative Machine Embroidery blogs. I love sewing, vintage and would love to get a comment from you!
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