ANNE WANNER'S Textiles in History / symposiums


Historic Deerfield
The Flynt Center
and the Helen Geier Flynt Textile Gallery

Symposium: In Search of Origins. Wool and Culture, 1500-1900
Thursday, September 13 - Sunday, September 16, 2007



  Deerfield is a living village of working farms, schools, two museums, and historic houses – many from the 18th and 19th centuries.  For over 325 years, Deerfield has occupied a beautiful place in the Connecticut River Valley of Massachusetts.  Located within the Old Deerfield National Historic Landmark District, Historic Deerfield’s setting is unique among American museums.

The people of Deerfield developed a strong sense of place and gathered the documents of their town’s past.  Account books, probate inventories, letters, and diaries have contributed to Deerfield’s reputation as “the best documented small town in America.” 
  In 1952, Henry and Helen Flynt established Historic Deerfield, Inc. to preserve the past and showcase their remarkable collection of early New England decorative arts, now grown to more than 25,000 objects.
Encompassing more than six thousand pieces, the textile collection at Historic Deerfield is outstanding
. It includes examples of embroidery, woven silks, bed hangings, coverlets, quilts, costumes, and accessories ranging from about 1600 to the end of the nineteenth century.

One woman's passion for textiles and love of costume is largely responsible for this collection. Helen Geier Flynt (1895-1986) loved many things, but before all, she adored textiles.
"Helen's well-developed sense of taste and her innate understanding of what made a textile or a costume both aesthetically pleasing and important enabled her to build a collection that is one of the most outstanding repositories of eighteenth and early nineteenth century costume and textiles in the country", explained Edward Maeder, Director of Exhibitions and Curator of Textiles at Historic Deerfield.

The Helen Geier Flynt Textile Gallery is a new, permanent exhitition space devoted to the collection, which will rotate trough it.
The venue is divided into four distinct sections framed by large proscenium arches, each spotlighting one of the four natural fibers - silk, wool, cotton and linen.

Within each stage is a changing selection of about two hundred objects at a given time. Pocket displays in large, framed wall cases further extend the display space.
In addition there are a series of four pull-out drawer cases at one end of the show. The drawers can be used for "vest pocket" exhibitions on themes like lace, handbags, or other categories. Visitors will also see approximately two dozen hanging quilts and coverlets on display mounts that swing out from the wall to provide a really close look.


The Helen Geier Flynt Textile Gallery



In Search of Origins. Wool and Culture, 1500-1900
Thursday, September 13 - Sunday, September 16, 2007


Pre-symposium workshop: September 12th and 13th
with Marc Hutter and Henry Cooke, IV.

Henry Cook IV

Marc Hutter


Friday, September 14, 2007
Morning Workshops:

- Crewel Embroidery,
with Betsy Leiper, Needlework Teacher

- Conservation and Wool,
with Eva Burnham, Textile Conservator

- 500 Years of Knitting,
with Edward Maeder, Historic Deerfield

- Wool Bedcovers
with Lynne Basset, Independent Scholar

- Natural Dyeing
with Michele Wipplinger, Independent Scholar

  Thursday, September 13, 2007,
Lectures at White Church

Keynote Lecture
"Spitting on the Floorcloth: Embossed and Printed Wool, 1684-1750"
Phillip Sykas, Ph.D, Author, Lecturer, Scholar, University of Manchester, England, United Kingdom

Friday, September 14, 2007
Lectures at White Church

"Invisibel Wool: The Art of Engineering Fashion 1540-1800: Thessy Schoenholzer-Nichols, Lecturer, Author and Scholar, Firenze, Italy

"Stories From the Old Testament: Wool Embroideries from German Speaking Switzerland, c. 1600.":
Anne Wanner-JeanRichard, Ph.D., Author, Lecturer, Scholar, Curator Emeritus Textile Museum St.Gallen, Switzerland

" Felt, a Mongolian Way of Life: Past, Present and Future.":
Michael Gervers, Ph.D., University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada

"Dying to Know: Wool and the Wonderfol World of Color.":
Michele Wipplinger, Independent Scholar, Specialist and Lecturer, Seattle, Washington


500 Years of Knitting,
with Edward Maeder, Historic Deerfield

Natural Dyeing
with Michele Wipplinger, Independent Scholar

  Saturday, Sunday, September 15-16, 2007
Lectures at White Church:

Linda Eaton,
Curator of Textiles and Costumes, Winterthur Museum and Gardens, Winterthur, Delaware
Calamanco: The Textile of Choice

Marc Hutter, Tailor, Scholar, Lecturer, Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg, Virginia:
Broadcloth and Bearskin, Cotton and Calimanco: Wool Cloths of the 17th and 18th Century British Clothing

Henry Coooke IV, Tailor, Independent Scholar, Re-enactor, Randolph, Massachusetts:
Cloth for the President: American Manufactured Wool for George Washington's 1st Inaugural Suit
  Saturday, Sunday, September 15-16, 2007
Lectures at White Church:

Natalie Larson, Independent Scholar and Consultant, Williamsburg, Virginia:
Covered With the Best Stuff: 18th-Century Upholstery

Lynn Edgar, Independent Researcher,
Glenmont, New York:
Uses of Wool in the Construction of Children's 18th century clothing


Pamela Pamal, Curator of Costume & Textiles,
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts

Piping Shepherds, Fishing Ladies and What about That Parrot? Embroidered Wool Pictures from Colonial New England 1525-1775

Kathy Staples, Independent Scholar,
Greenville, South Carolina

Some Finer Points of Crewel Embroidery.

Lynn Hulse, Archivist, The Royal School
of Needlework, England United Kingdom

Revivals: The Royal School of Needlework, Hampton Court Palace, England 1872-1900

Edward Maeder, Director of Exhibitions, Curator of Textiles, Historic Deerfield, Deerfield, Massachusetts

Not Independent At All: Wool Imports into the New England Colonies 1697-1780

Jane Nylander
(at right), Independent Scholar and Author, Porthsmouth, New Hampshire

Handmade Rugs and Carpets in New England

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