We were met by Marcel, who was our guide for the afternoon. He was absolutely passionate about his subject and his work, and yet we were still able to wear him out with our endless questions and enthusiasm! His English was very good, luckily for us.
He recovered very quickly, though. ;-)
And note those drawers in the photo...what was in them?
We didn't have time to go through all the drawers, alas....
There were also countless volumes of original designs. This one is hand drawn, of course. I'm guessing the lettering was done with both pencil and a quill pen.
And now...deep into the vaults we go....
But on to the Black Frames. These themselves could easily take a week's time to study, at the very least.
Brian Haggard, who as some of you may know, loves to work in sepia and neutral tones.
Some of the volumes themselves were breathtaking, like these suede bound books.
\ The were actually very large, maybe 30" tall.
I was just about to pass out from all this richness at this point. Marcel knew it was time to wind up our tour, but not before excitedly showing us this little folio that had just come to the Archives the week before.
We will never, ever forget our day in Mulhouse.
I am bound and determined to go back and stay there for at least a week. The Museum of Printed Textiles is in Mulhouse as well, you see....
I will leave you with this little sample of Japanese Embroidery, taken especially for you, Susan Elliott!
I plan on blogging the entire process here, and am looking forward very much to sharing it with you...
after I get back from Quilt Festival in Houston next week, that is! I'll post some photos from there too.
I hope you enjoyed a taste of the Archives...!