The first field trip of the 2017-2018 season was to Timberlake Studios.  We were greeted by the owner Sarah Timberlake who discussed the ins and outs of running a studio that makes costumes for theater, dance and fashion.  It was a chance to visit a working studio and learn about the trials and tribulations incurred in running such a business in today's world.  It gave us a sense of old New York when garments and fashion were one of the two most important industries in the city.  The studio itself, up a steep flight of stairs captured our imagination and offered  a glimpse into the life of old New York.

Our next trip will be to the Museum of Art and Design. Their current exhibition is called Studio Views: Craft in the Expanded Field and features interdisciplinary artists at work on large-scale, immersive, and community-engaged installations that challenge and expand the boundaries of traditional craft-practice. Over the course of nineteen weeks, a total of four alumni of the Museum’s Artist Studios Program—Xenobia Bailey, Maria Hupfield, LJ Roberts, and Sarah Zapata—will be invited back to MAD for two cycles of micro-residencies, with two artists working in the gallery at a time. Alongside the gallery-situated studios will be a lounge featuring small displays of ephemera, research materials, drawings, and studio experiments, providing a deeper view into the process and transdisciplinary interests of each artist.  Watch for the date of this next exciting field trip.



All members of Empire Quilters are encouraged to make one charity quilt a year.  We are starting a new year and we will need all of our members to participate in our charitable endeavors.