For decades, I slaved away working for others. Nothing there truly made me jump for joy. Today, I am totally jumping for joy! I was invited to present a lecture, sign books AND share the ticket with Shizuko Kuroha at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum, in Lincoln!
|Setting up for my lecture at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum, Lincoln, Nebraska. April 1, 2016|
|Gift Shop - view from above.|
Here's an aerial view of the books set up for the book signing - both mine and 2 books by Shizuko Kuroha. When I arrived - and saw my book set up there - I was trying to act all professional... when I'd rather run around and have a Steve Martin moment .... "I'm somebody. My name is in the phone book..."
|Marin Hanson, Curator of Exhibitions, introduced my lecture.|
The amazing Shizuko Kuroha, was the featured speaker. Her solo exhibition - "Blue Echoes" - is on view now.
I'm so proud to be on the same ticket as Kuroha san... but it's also special to share this moment with her because I've had two interview/studio visits with her during my past two trips to Japan. She will be featured in my second book --- which I am working on now! It was so cool to see my new friend here in Lincoln!
|Shizuko Kuroha and Teresa Duryea Wong. International Quilt Study Center & Museum. 2016.|
|Shizuko Kuroha, "Poetry in Indigo III" Antique cotton. Hand quilted. 1988. IQSCM's April 2016 Quilt of the Month.|
I also brought my Japanese-inspired quilts to show during my lecture. Can you imagine the intimidation of bringing your own quilts to a quilt museum? Geez... these don't really belong here... but I think of them as bringing a bit of the 'common woman' quilts to mecca. A dose of the real world. And unlike the extraordinary quilts in the galleries, you can touch my quilts, and photograph them.
Last but not at all least, I had some very special family and friends attend!
My Aunt - Polly Duryea, PhD - retired Peru State College (Nebraska) faculty, and Katy Ramos, my cousin. Polly was one of the "readers" for my first book and she has had a big influence on my life.
|Long time family friends Jack Cooper and his sister Virginia (on left) and a friend.|
|My cousin Cathy Duryea (right) and her mom, Mary Rose.|
All in all, I have to say, that was a pretty great day!