February 23, 2015

A Soupcon of Littles

I always like quilts, and this one offered a huge impact as I walked in the door to the Mingei this Saturday.  It’s called a House Top Quilt.  1940’s, cotton.  Am I looking down on a house….seemingly so. 

I’d gone to the Mingei to see the Black Dolls.  We have had a couple of good ones in the shop lately that I’d been drawn too.  I’d had one smaller one in black satin that grandma made for me as a child.  I’m embarrassed to tell you that her name was Topsy. 

Deborah Neff collects these wonderful dolls, and she picked the hundred some here in this show.  At home she has over 500 more. 

I revisited the light linen weaving's, stopped by the architectural models, then suddenly saw a small, long narrow gallery with A Procession marching down the center.  I was fascinated by the ingenuity and imagination needed to create these tiny, almost fleeting folks.  They stirred my imagination into thinking I could do something with that same feel.  I like magic.


  1. What an unusual collection. The artistry is also intriguing.

  2. Intriguing collection for sure. I love the dolls but had to look up why you were embarrassed about the name. I was unfamiliar with it.

  3. Interesting but there is a creepiness for me in some way. That is why art and crafts are highly personal, I guess.

  4. I feel the same way as Tabor.
    Brainwashing from childhood I think.

  5. I've never heard of this, but it sure is interesting and stirs your imagination.

  6. I love the quilt, but the figures on snow are creepy. Like a Johnny Depp film.

  7. Absolutely gorgeous!


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