Mae Festa Collection: A Textile Museum RTAM Program
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This email announces the post of a virtual version of a recent Textile Museum “Rug and Textile Appreciation Morning” program that featured the collection of Mae Festa. Mae has assembled a collection that includes some remarkable material and she is very knowledgeable about it. But she is a modest, shy person who confesses to not being a comfortable public speaker.
So the program being announced here was produced in an unusual way. Wendel Swan traveled to New Haven to visit with Mae and her husband Gene. He photographed many of the pieces in Mae’s collection, interviewed Mae about them, and, ultimately, fashioned a PowerPoint presentation, in which he conveyed her thoughts about them.
Mae and Gene traveled to Washington, bringing a number of the pieces in Mae’s collection they had agreed to treat in this RTAM program. With Mae and this material in the room, Wendel gave the PowerPoint presentation.
The images you will see here were subsequently used in a presentation to the New England Rug Society with commentary by Jeff Spurr.
Mae has been collecting for a long time, and although many of us had seen glimpses of particular pieces in her collection, this session was the first time that a comprehensive treatment of it has been made available outside her New Haven home.
Our thanks to Mae for sharing her collection with us, to her husband Gene for a variety of supporting actions, including precise organizing and safe transporting of the materials to and from Washington, and to Wendel for his sterling work in bringing this program to fruition.
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I hope you enjoy this comprehensive look at Mae Festa’s collection.
R. John Howe