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Nature's Own Shape - exhibit opening & reception

You are warmly invited to an opening talk and reception for the upcoming exhibit, Nature’s Own Shape.

Talk given by exhibit curator, Bea Koch ’12, in Sterling Memorial Library’s International Room on Friday, September 9, 2011 at 3:30 PM

The opening event includes a 20 minute talk by Bea Koch in Sterling Memorial Library’s International Room followed by a reception and an opportunity to view the exhibit. The exhibit is a study of embroidery in early modern England. Embroidery was very popular in the time of the Tudors, when so many things, from nightcaps to bed-hangings, were covered with embroidered flowers, creatures, and whimsical patterns. The 16th century was a time of change for embroidery as it shifted away from religious to domestic use.

Embroidery today is thought of as a woman’s pastime, but in early modern England most of the professional embroiderers were men. The most famous female embroiderers of the period were noblewomen Bess of Hardwick and Mary, Queen of Scots. Many studies have been done about these two women, their unique skills, and their friendship. Ms. Koch’s exhibit draws from the Yale Library collections housed in the Yale Center for British Art, the Lewis Walpole Library, Sterling Memorial Library, and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

Bea Koch is a senior in Branford College at Yale. She is majoring in Renaissance studies with a focus on women’s history and textiles in early modern England. She has been interested in the Tudors and their history since the 5th grade. “Nature’s Own shape” is her senior project, which was prepared with the guidance of her advisor Dean Mia Genoni.

The exhibit will be on view from September 9, 2011 – December 16, 2011 in Sterling Memorial Library’s exhibit corridor and is open to the public.