Old woman who lived in a shoe goes abroad!


Yes, the old woman who lived in a shoe is going abroad! She, along with her children and other nursery rhyme characters who inhabit the original illustration from Pocketful of Posies were recently invited to spend some time in the American Embassy in Azerbaijan.

artinembassies2Where is Azerbaijan and why is the old woman going there, you may ask? It’s the largest country in the Caucasus region located at the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe. The ambassador’s wife saw the Pocketful of Posies Traveling Exhibit, when it was at Highfield Hall in Falmouth in 2010 (the exhibit will return there in Sept.). When her husband got his this diplomatic assignment, she arranged with the Art in Embassies Program to send one of my pieces, along with other artist’s work that she selected, to the diplomat’s residence in Baku. She reached out to me personally and together we picked a piece of mine to include. It was a pleasure to talk with her and we hope to meet when she comes home.


The art shippers picked up the framed artwork yesterday and wrapped it for the journey. It’ll be carefully packed with the other artwork in a shipping crate. It cracked me up to see the guys using plastic gloves to handle the artwork.


A huge blue truck pulled up on the road outside our driveway. I really like the art shipping company’s logo on the door.


Bye, Bye old woman. I wonder what they’ll think of you in Azerbaijan. See you in couple of years! I am proud to be doing my part to represent art being created in America.


14 thoughts on “Old woman who lived in a shoe goes abroad!

  1. How exciting for you! It’s about time you went worldwide. You are an amazing Artist. I really don’t know how you get so much done. You must have little elves come in to your studio at night, like the elves and the shoemaker.

  2. Exciting news. I wonder if the Azerbaijanis have a similar story in their folklore, or will they think Americans live in big boots?

  3. Well, well,well… as in “Well done”. How impressive. If I can get the Peach Queen to invite you to South Carolina, will you visit here?.. I mean, what does it take to get a little Salley Mavor handiwork to the Palmetto State? Congrats!

  4. Congratulations, Salley! What a great honor! Yours is the perfect example of American textile art, and now you’re even in Azerbaijan where another culure will be able to take in and enjoy your beautiful artwork.

  5. Salley we knew you were talented.. now the secret is really out! Very very cool indeed! I am beaming with pride knowing you were chosen! HUGE CONGRATS!! APPLAUSE! APPLAUSE!
    GOD Bless,

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