February 4, 2013

the embroidered body


I am really excited to share news of an upcoming visiting artist lecture I will be giving at the National Museum of Health & Medicine on Tuesday February 26th! Entitled "The Embroidered Body," my talk will be about my work as well as the research behind it, and will include a short overview of medical illustration. Which basically means I get to geek out on anatomy and neuroscience and immunology. I mean, the Museum has an "organ of the month" club! As soon as I found that out, I knew these were my people.

This will be two firsts for me – my first visiting artist talk and my first visit to the museum. So it goes without saying that I am starting to feel a bit nervous. All I can think about right now is my talk, but the fact that the Museum houses over 24 million items (!!) in their collection, including "archival materials, anatomical and pathological specimens, medical instruments and artifacts, and microscope slide-based medical research collections," means that I am also getting really excited for my visit. This sounds like a place I could spend not days, but weeks, conducting research for my work.

My invitation to the museum came about through another embroidery artist, Richard Saja, whom I must give a little shout-out to here for the recommendation. If you haven't yet come across his sinister/playful embroideries on toile fabric, I have no doubt you will. From special edition Keds sneakers to windows at Bloomingdale's to the pages of Elle Decor, his work is everywhere these days [check out his blog, Historically Inaccurate].

I hope to share a sneak peek of my presentation with you before I take off for D.C. In the meantime, if any of you are in the area, here are the details:
  
The Embroidered Body
Tuesday, February 26th
6:00-7:00pm
Silver Spring, Maryland

More information can be found on the Museum's website: 
http://www.medicalmuseum.mil/index.cfm?p=media.events.2013.the_embroidered_body

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