Research at The Textile Museum, DC
One aspect of creating original textile art is leaving the studio and visiting libraries and museums. The Textile Museum
in Washington, DC is wonderful.
Their library is considered one of the most important resources for the study of textiles in North America. They have thousands of out of print and hard-to-find books on textiles from every continent.
Researching antique textile techniques, especially embroidery methods from around the world, has given me a broader perspective of the historical and social components of textile art:
How do we define textile art? How do we categorize it? How do we create it? How do we combine various techniques? Do these definitions and categories need to be updated and revised?
There were so many wonderful antique textile books. However, I really appreciated this one because it was
"Dedicated to Her Majesty the Queen of Spain."