Interwoven Stories

Join us for the first in a series of Interwoven Stories presentations. Elizabeth Gilbert, a long time Nantucket needlework artist and Nantucket Historical Association museum interpreter, joins Jennifer Nieling, currently Project Costume and Textile Specialist at the NHA, for a conversation about Elizabeth’s experiences and perspectives on needlework on Nantucket.

Elizabeth Gilbert earned her teacher’s certification in canvas work and crewel embroidery at the Valentine Museum in Richmond, Virginia, and her teacher’s certification in Advanced Professional Studies in the Textile Arts at the American Institute of Textile Arts at Pine Manor College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. She owned and operated a retail needlework business, The Crafts Centre, in Nantucket for nearly thirty years. She continues to be a designer, teacher, lecturer, and consultant, and her work is in collections nationwide.

Jennifer Nieling has spent the last year working on a comprehensive inventory and rehousing project of the NHA’s extensive costume and textile collections. She holds a Masters degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology and a Bachelor’s degree Boston University and has taught costume history at Drexel University.

The Interwoven Stories: A Nantucket Stitching Gam is a year long community stitching project where participants create an embroidered ‘page’ inspired by their experience of Nantucket. Interwoven Stories was started by island summer resident Diana Weymar who has facilitated other IWS projects around the world. The Nantucket ‘pages’ will be exhibited during the 2018 Nantucket Arts Festival September 28 – October 7.

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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