paper doll quilt exhibit
to open at La Grange museum
creations to appear
at Oldham County History Center
Helen E. McKinney
Kentucky quilt artist Rebekka Seigel has been so inspired
by 13 women of the 20th century that she has created 13 quilts to honor
Twelve of these quilts, know as paper doll quilts, will hang at the
Oldham County History Center for one week on Oct. 23-28. Seigel chose
women who were pioneers in their fields. They took on something
that traditionally only men would do, said Seigel.
The women represented in the quilts are Ella Fitzgerald, Jean Ritchie,
Rachael Carson, Mildred Babe Didrickson, Martha Graham, Eleanor Roosevelt,
Louise Nevelson, Lucille Ball, Barbara Jordan, Margaret Meade, Lucy
Martin Lewis, Pearl S. Buck and Maya Angelou.
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Their stories are told through their garments,
said Seigel. Employing a paper doll theme, the quilts reflect garments
worn by these women. The quilts are composed of tiny quilts, which attach
to the main quilt.
The format comes from my love of paper dolls as a girl,
she said. It took Seigel six years to make the quilts, and as she was
working on one the idea for the next one just came to me.
Seigel can recall many childhood hours cutting and dressing dime store
paper dolls. For her quilts she simply transferred this idea to fabric.
The first paper doll quilt she made illustrated the life of Phyllis
George, wife of former Kentucky Gov. John Y. Brown. From there the idea
of a quilt series grew.
The paper doll quilt exhibit is entitled Womens Work
and there will be a special presentation and lunch with the artist at
noon Saturday, Oct. 27. The quilts will be displayed in the Rob Morris
Chapel Educational Building on the grounds of the History Center in
This exhibit is a traveling exhibit that has moved from museum to museum
across the United States since 2003. It will be on display at the Frazier
Historical Arms Museum in Louisville from Jan. 26 to March 30, 2008.
The appeal is that each quilt explores the unique biography of
famous women in an unusual way-the quilts are absolutely stunning and
unusual, said Nancy Theiss, executive director of the Oldham County
As a child growing up in the late 1950s and 60s, I immediately
recognized these women, some of my role models, such as Babe Didrickson
and Pearl S. Buck; they (the quilts) truly are treasures that recognize
the accomplishments of some outstanding citizens, Theiss said.
Seigel started her first quilt 25 years ago when expecting her first
child. In 1995 she was an artist-in-residence in Northern Ireland. Her
quilts hang in private collections and the Evansville Museum of Art
and Science in Evansville, Ind.
Seigel is also the events and program coordinator for Elk Creek Vineyards
in Owenton, Ky. The vineyards were begun in 2003 and when the winery
opened last November, Seigel said she thought she would like to help
Her husband, Greg Seigel, is a potter, and vineyards owner Curtis Sigretto
was a great patron of his work, said Seigel. Sigretto was
from New Jersey, and opening the winery at the vineyards was something
he always wanted to do, said Kristine Lawler, manager for Elk
We want to become established as one of the most known wineries
in the tri-state area, said Lawler. Once inside, it is hard to
believe the building used to be a warehouse, she said. Sigretto is also
responsible for beginning the hunt club in Owenton 14 years ago.
Cooking classes conducted by a guest master chef are being planned for
Dec. 1 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., featuring holiday food. A fee of $75 plus
wine costs will be charged. In the art gallery at the vineyards, a Holiday
Exhibit will feature ten regional artists and offer great gift
giving ideas Nov. 3 through Dec. 31. An opening reception will be held
from 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 10.
Elk Creek Vineyards offers red and white wines, wine tasting, wine making
tours and a lodge for overnight guests.
For more information, visit: www.elkcreekvinyards.com.
Tickets for the Oct. 27 lunch with Siegel at the Oldham County History
Center are $10, reservations only: (502) 222-0826. There is an admission
charge of $5 public; $3 members for the quilt exhibit.
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