Several years ago my husband and I visited the Mint Museum of Craft + Design in downtown Charlotte (N.C.) and were very impressed. The museum has since constructed a new building (now called the “Uptown Charlotte” branch of the Mint Museum) so we were eager to visit.
The new facility is lovely, but the craft exhibits were disappointing. For example, the previous venue had a large Chihuly piece hanging from the ceiling in the entrance. I know I didn’t dream this, because I was able to find it on Pinterest as shown below.
This photo was found on Pinterest, where it is attributed to “rtencati on flickr”
There was no evidence of the chandelier in the new building, though the lobby is still impressive with a huge colored window, shown below. It is 3 stories high!
There were many fine crafts, especially in glass and ceramics, but if there were quilts I somehow missed them. Here are a few things I did enjoy.
Acrylic chair by Patrick Norguet
Marimekko fabric designed by Maija Isola, 1964.
Wolf Crest Hat (in glass) by Preston Singletary.
Threshold, by Danny Lane is a huge piece made of stacked glass. The wall of glass is lighted from behind, and there are a variety of objects behind the glass, providing interesting shapes and colors. This was one of my favorite pieces.
Unfortunately, the two pieces below were the closest the museum came to having quilts. These are pieced by Anna Buckner and mounted on small stretchers, but are not quilted.
Two fabric pieces made from clothing and stretched on canvas, by Anna Buckner
I miss the old Mint Craft + Design museum, but there was still plenty of inspiration in the new version.
P.S.–I’ve added a dragonfly to the “summer rain” quilt over the stairs.
This came from my jewelry box. Someone crocheted the wings and assembled the whole by hand.