One of my favorite things to do is take road trips and discover antique shops. Every time I see an antique shop my heart skips a beat. I love walking into a shop and being amazed at every corner I turn. I’m always thrilled to see art and objects I’ve never seen before, or see striking antique textiles or quilts. To be honest, before I worked at CT I didn’t really pay that much attention to quilts, but now it’s almost one of the first things I spot. I immediately go up to it and feel it, and gaze at the fabric and the piecing. I love the “worn and laundered” quality of them. I try and imagine where it came from and who created such a wonderful piece.
(Antique 9 Patch variation quilt. made of cotton ditsy prints and calicos.)
(Antique Texas Star quilt. Looks like a king size. It was hanging from the second floor and immediately caught my eye!)
Besides noticing antique quilts, I’m also drawn to antique embroideries. Many of the embroideries I come across are framed as art to preserve the intricate handwork and detail that I’m sure took many long hours to complete. One day I’d love to have a gallery wall of just framed embroideries. I think that would be striking!
(Antique framed embroidery of an 18th Century lady of means.)
(Antique crewel embroidery on a velvet collar.)
Most of the time I wish I could buy just about everything I see, but sadly I can’t. So I just like to take my time really looking at everything with a fine tooth comb, that way I see all that is to be seen. And in doing so, I always become inspired. Whether a textile or quilt calls out to me, I absorb the feeling it evokes in me and my brain starts developing a million ideas. Thank goodness for iPhones, because I also make sure I walk around with my phone out so I can take photos along the way.
(Antique quilt with cotton solids and polk dots)
(Antique bold colored log cabin quilt. Everytime I look at this, I love it more and more!)
I’ve always had such a strong connection to the past and what came before us, and I don’t really believe art we see now as being very innovative or new, but rather that everything has been affected from the past and designs are merely reinvented to fit our aesthetics and our times. Rather than copy the past, I prefer to pay homage to it.
Do you like antiquing too? What kinds of things do you search for?