Collections on Loan, Part I
by Susan Dawson
Originally Published Fall 1999
From the very beginning Academy members have shared generously. The
first Exemplary included two spectacular pieces. Robert L. Jordan brought
a contemporary Chinese man's jacket. It was gray with a band of subtle
embroidery down each side. Paired with it was a fine hand-sewn white 19th
century wedding gown - one of Sarah Ann Cohen's heirlooms.
The next year Fay Andrews brought a spectacular Assisi table cloth. It
was an outstanding example of this style. That year the Exemplary also
featured a collection containing a piece of embroidery representative of
every member of the Academy Staff. It was most interesting to be
reintroduced to old friends and new through this display.
Another year, Holly MacKinnon brought a turn of the century walking
dress with lovely details.
Several people have shared a complete display. Many people remember
Estelle Kelley's Bunado, traditional Norwegian costumes with crewel
embroidered dresses and hardanger aprons. Beverly Booker introduced
herself to the organization with a display of her outstanding contemporary
embroidery. Lou Kilgore memorialized her mother and our long-time friend
Dorothy Mueller. In that display we discovered Dottie not only had the
talents we knew about, but a few we didn't, particularly her wonderful
skills as a rug hooker.
DeAnn Gaeth and Frances Kunkel share a love of travel and a lifetime
interest in textiles. Together and separately they have consistently
supported the Exemplary by sharing samples of embroideries collected from
around the world.
One year they brought us dolls - in traditional costumes with wonderful
embroidered details. Another year we had a mountain of pillows - with
samples of work collected from almost every continent or region of the
For more on Collections on Loan, see Parts I
of this article.