Flying Geese quilt, unknown maker, 1890-1910
Hand Embroidered Folk Art Playing Card Quilt. American, ca. 1932/1933. Silk and cotton embroidery on muslin with no batting, sewn by Margaret Bevins Russell (1916-1986) of Greenbackville, VA. 82 x 62”.
Ms. Russell made the quilt at the age of 17 while recuperating from a serious illness and likely took over one year to complete.
Pressed Flowers. The oldest, dated collection of plants at the Swedish Museum of Natural History, Arborum, fruticum et herbarum flores et folia in insula Gothlandia collecta annis (1701-02), by Antonius Christophori Münchenberg.
The flowers for the Herbarium were collected from 1699 to 1702, and contain 300 native and cultivated plant species from the island of Gotland, an island province of Sweden.
Daniel Harris, London Cloth
Manufacturing Glamour: Inside Milan’s Oldest Sequin Factory
The Energy Issue traveled to Milan this summer to document the history of sequin manufacturing with fashion writer Emily Spivack of Threaded, Sentimental Value, and Worn Stories. Emily is leading a project for The Energy Issue on sequins, so we began by finding the best source for original research. Milan, where some of the earliest sequins were produced and most advanced manufacturing processes discovered, seemed like the obvious choice. During the Renaissance, the city’s fashion-conscious and opulent ruling family, the Sforzas, jump-started the textile and metal industries, and Leonardo da Vinci, who became known as much for his engineering as his art, even drew a sketch of a sequin-making machine while living there. The city has continued to be a global center of fashion and textile manufacturing and is home to a number of the finest da Vinci scholars and fashion historians. Along with interviewing a number of experts in these fields, we visited Milan’s oldest and most well-regarded sequin manufacturer, Andrea Bilics. The company, founded in 1946, has remained family-owned since its inception and produces sequins for the likes of Prada, Donna Karan, and Armani. Mr. Bilics noted that he had designed almost all the machinery himself and maintains tight control over the production process. Indeed, Bilics produces all of its sequins from scratch and mixes all of its proprietary colors in-house. To see more photos from our trip and to continue following Emily’s project, visit us on our Facebook page.
Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland