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 cofounder 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. Garcia 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.