A Museum of Makers
This past Fourth of July my family and I traveled to Vermont as we often do to visit friends. This time, however, I finally took the time to visit the Shelburne Museum, a really extraordinary place!
It is a museum of Americana, folk art, fine arts, and archetecture with most collections housed in historically important buildings that were moved to the park like grounds. I was so impressed with the collections I went back a second day (admission tickets are good for 2 days) because you cannot possibly see everything in one day. As a maker and fiber person I especially enjoyed the Weaving Shop, Hat and Textile Gallery, and the Variety Unit. Here are glimpses of what I saw, but I urge you to make the trip to Shelburne Vermont yourself!
The doll collection was quite impressive. Here is an example of one of the diaramas, check out all those details! Miniature hat boxes, ribbon, bolts of fabric, spinning wheel, scissors, it’s a game of Eye Spy!
I also really appreciate the vision of Electra Havemeyer Webb, the museum founder and whose collections are the core of the museum. Without her love of handmade things from times past we would not be able to enjoy and marvel at the beautiful things our ancestors made. The Shelburne Museum is a very inspiring place. It supercharged me to get making!