Teaching artist and textile conservator Kaelyn Garcia will speak about the history of American samplers and their role in childhood education, then lead a sampler-making workshop with a special embroidery pattern designed in response to the works on view. All materials will be provided. The program is limited to 18 individuals.
The Dialogue + Studio Workshop series offers participants opportunities to gain insight into and engage with self-taught art, past and present, at a deep level. Focused discussions about select themes, techniques, and materials featured in current exhibitions couple with related expert-led hands-on workshops.
Kaelyn Garcia is a textile conservator and instructor living and working in New York City. She received her BFA in Fashion Design and Art History from Columbia College in Chicago. She has worked as a designer and textile instructor, specializing in weaving, embroidery, and bobbin lace in New York for more than eight years. She is the co-founder of the Brooklyn Lace Guild. She is currently working to complete a lace-making degree from the Centre d’Enseignement de la Dentelle au Fuseau in Le Puy-en-Velay, France, and has completed professional needlework courses at the Royal School of Needlework in the United Kingdom. She has held graduate internships at the Hispanic Society of America; the American Museum of Natural History; the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; and the Textile Laboratory at The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine. Kaelyn is currently a post-graduate fellow in costume and textile conservation at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Images: Abigail Smith (dates unknown); Female Association School Sampler; Flushing, New York; 1821; silk on linen, 8 1/4 x 10 in.; collection of Shelley and Nicholas Schorsch.
Mary Emiston (dates unknown); Sampler; African Free School, New York City; 1803; silk on linen; 11 x 16 ¾ in.; Collection Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution, bequest of Gertrude M. Oppenheiner, 1981-28-77.