Borrowing from the past


I’ve been contacting people who own pieces that I’ve made over the past 30 years and asking to borrow artwork for my upcoming exhibit, Salley Mavor: Expressions in Stitches, Then and Now at Museums on the Green in Falmouth. Most of the fabric reliefs are from local collections, so it’s been relatively easy to arrange pickup. And I’ve enjoyed visiting the people who were early supporters of my work in the 80’s and 90’s. It’s been long enough that some pieces have been passed down to the next generation. I’m grateful to the owners for loaning the work, as many of them have never been exhibited publicly. It will be a kind of retrospective show, which covers the transition from my early work to what I’m making now. The exhibit will also include items I’ve selected from the museums archives–stuff that stuck my fancy and seems to go.

Since this may be the only chance, I’ve been removing some pieces from their frames and Rob is taking digital photos. Looking at them closely has brought back memories of the years when I made them. I’m amazed that I was so productive during the 80’s, especially with young children around. In a way, life wasn’t as complicated. We stayed home a lot and I spent every spare moment focusing on my artwork.  I found a wonderful neighbor who ran a home daycare and I worked every evening after the kids went to bed. There were less distractions; we had no TV or computer. Remembering this time makes me nostalgic for a simpler life. I bet almost every person reading this post feels the same. So much for my wistful musings–I’m going to put on my thimble and pick up my needle and thread and get to work!

I hope that many of you will be able to see this show. I will be writing more about it and posting more pictures in the next few weeks. Here are the particulars:
July 4 – August 16, 2014 ~ Salley Mavor: Expressions in Stitches, Then and Now Falmouth Museums on the Green, Falmouth, MA. Historical needlework from the museum’s collection will be exhibited alongside the contemporary embroidered artwork of Salley Mavor.  Sat., July 19th – “Tea at the Museum” and Artist Talk – 1:00 -3:00 pm.



9 thoughts on “Borrowing from the past

  1. Wishing I lived close by and could see your show and yes, remembering a time before computer and tv though I rarely watch the tv w/o sewing in my lap!!!

  2. How I wish I could visit this. I’m sure it will be wonderful. Congratulations.
    You’re so right about simpler times, but the rub is that I wouldn’t have discovered you without the innerwebs. Eats up lots of time, give lots of rewards, can’t give it up. I could have used the help and the inspiration when DS was growing up, but, again, probably spent more time with him because I didn’t have it. Now he’s a computer science major, eagerly looking forward to a career in computers.
    I do enjoy your posts, and am glad they don’t come every day. Just the right number.

  3. I would love to see each of these up close and personal but alas… I am no where near you. So I have to settle for pics. Thank you for posting. You are truly a treasure.

  4. I would love to attend the showing, but I think it will be hard for me to fit it in during the time frame. Maybe you can do it again sometime…since I think the unveiling of so many of your original works will be truly special. I love seeing so many of your treasured works from your books in the photos because of all the colors and textures. They are surely some of my favorite works of art ever…I think because I love stitchery and because your work combines the best of all things. Children, animals, poetry and prose, all varieties of flora and fauna…all sewn up into many amazing whimsical scenes. I tried to purchase one of your originals several years ago, but lost out on the sale, unfortunately. Thanks for letting us know about the Falmouth show…Cape Cod vacationers are so lucky to be able to experience your beautiful area, AND your one of a kind masterpieces.

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