Decorative Bandboxes: Nesting and Shaped with Fran Phillips

Wallpaper covered bandboxes were colorful and common for a century in our young nation,  for storage at home and as luggage on a journey.  As demand for them waned, those skills were turned to making shadowboxes and cheerful workbaskets for knitting and embroidery in the Victorian parlor.  We’ll cover the basics of drafting and constructing our bandbox and covering it with decorative paper.  Then we’ll use those skills to make an open top work basket for the parlor.

All materials provided but bring any special papers you like for your unique boxes.

Maximum class size: 8

Frances E. Phillips is the Phillips half of Mulligan & Phillips, Decorative Painters, Bloomfield, New Jersey, and is an adjunct art professor at Seton Hall University; long interested in American folk art and decorative arts, she teaches such skills as tramp art, bandboxes, vinegar graining, gilding, and tinsel painting. She has taught at the American Museum of Folk Art in New York City, at the Queens Museum of Art, and at historical and crafts organizations. Her work has been shown in Country Living and Today’s Homeowner.

The Nantucket Historical Association preserves and interprets the history of Nantucket through its programs, collections, and properties, in order to promote the island’s significance and foster an appreciation of it among all audiences.

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