Saturday, March 10, 2012

Philadelphia - Sandra Brownlee and Liao Collection

On my way to Liao Collections and Asian Antiques, I happened to look up at the brilliant blue sky with its whispy clouds just at the right time to see...well...the sky and clouds.

Liao houses an exquisite collection of Asian antiques and Sandra Brownlee's simple weavings are suitingly reflective of their surroundings.

As wonderful as Sandra's weavings are, it was her studio/inspiration board display that captured my interest and gave insight into the creation of her work.

I hate to admit this, but what really caught my eye was the Liao's collection of Japanese indigo fabrics and stitched quilts like the one below.

The owner was kind enough to show me several pieces - one of which is a late 1800's to early 1900's jacket of solid indigo with the most beautiful yet simple stitching that adds texture and warmth. There's even a stain or two just crying to be patched and...big fits me like a glove. So far I've resisted the urge to purchase it. A second visit may be necessary to view the fabrics again and take one or two home so I can create my own indigo jacket.


  1. i followed a string story back to your blog Jennifer and have really enjoyed my wanderings back down the pages - especially as Philadelphia wasn't on my wandering routes this month

    i'd offer one small correction though...the artist you feature in this post is my friend Sandra Brownlee [not Susan].

    warm wishes

    ps feel free to delete this comment after editing the post

    1. Oh my goodness! Thank you so much for letting me know I had Sandra's name wrong. Hopefully, she didn't see my post. Arg! Where's a rock for me to crawl under?!?

      I'm glad you enjoyed wandering through the posts about FiberPhiladelphia. It was quite an artful weekend, visiting the work of artists I Dorothy Caldwell who rumor has it that you well as discovering new artists who have quickly become favorites.

      Thank you for following the string story along to my blog. Feel free to visit anytime. Enjoy! Jennifer


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