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Museum curator to discuss historic textiles

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Dr. Laura Johnson, associate curator, Historic New England in Wiscasset, and visitors examine historic textiles.

WISCASSET, Maine — Dr. Laura Johnson, Historic New England associate curator, will present an entertaining and informative talk, “Everything Old is New Again: Revivals and Reproductions of Historic Textiles,” at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 8, in the Nickels-Sortwell House Barn. Admission is $5 Historic New England members, $10 others. Reservations are recommended but not required by calling 207-882-7169 or visit historicnewengland.org.

From early tapestries to the voluminous patterns of the Victorians, to the spare use of fabric in minimalist modern rooms, humans have used textiles to warm, adorn and give personality to living spaces. Most of the fabric and wallpaper of today their roots in patterns developed in centuries past.

Johnson will talk about how textiles were designed, produced and later reproduced for new generations wanting authentic historic looks for their homes. She also will show how changing textile designs were enabled by new production techniques and how these styles enjoyed repeated seasons of popularity as they were adapted to changing times.

Johnson received her doctorate from the University of Delaware. Before joining Historic New England in 2010, she was the Lois F. McNeil Fellow in Early American Culture at the Winterthur Museum and Library in Delaware. Her areas of expertise include textile history, American decorative arts and Native American arts. For more information and a full program of summer programs, visit historicnewengland.org.

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