First Friday with Annalee Levin

First Friday with Annalee Levin

Friday, April 3, 2020

Come to First Friday at the International Quilt Museum on April 3, 2020 from 4-7 p.m. as we celebrate "Old World Quilts" with visual artist Annalee Levin. Enjoy free admission to the galleries and Levin's lecture "The Embellished World: A History Through the Lens of Hand Embroidery" at 5:30 p.m.

About the Lecture
Humans have engaged in the art of embellishment since prehistoric times -- designing jewelry of bone and shell, carving ornate buildings from stone, and weaving luxurious cloth from the cocoons of moths. Millennia later, these embellishments continue to create new markers for identity, wealth, and status. Hand embroidery is among the lasting artforms through which we witness the evolution of humans' desire to both conjure beauty and record our own history. This lecture will examine the enduring power of hand embroidery as a means of expression, the transition from practical sewing to decorative embroidery, the historical development of tools and materials, diverse application methods, and cultural symbolism.

About the Presenter
Annalee Levin is a visual artist and educator specializing in hand embroidery. She earned a BA from Macalester College and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She studied traditional hand embroidery at the Royal School of Needlework (RSN) and is a certified RSN instructor. Passionate about passing on traditional craft skills, Annalee worked from 2016-2019 to help build San Francisco School of Needlework and Design. As a founding instructor and the Director of Community Engagement she helped design the Comprehensive Studies Courses and develop the outreach program, working with museums such as the Exploratorium and the Contemporary Jewish Museum. ​Annalee lives and works in San Francisco, California.