Monday, July 16, 2012

Inspiration Monday: Colonial Williamsburg

Today's inspiration is a place rather than an artist. My husband and I are history junkies and he went to the College of William and Mary so when we get the opportunity, we stop by Colonial Williamsburg. We had the opportunity yesterday to be transported back to the 18th century when Benedict Arnold was speaking in front of the Virginia capitol building, the British ruled, and the colonies were fighting for independence. But for those of us with an artistic bent, Colonial Williamsburg is about more than United States history. It's about the music - the fife and drum corps, the street musicians playing tin flutes and mandolins, the singers in the taverns keeping old ballads alive.

It's about the trades and seeing the artisans at work dying yarn, weaving cloth, weaving baskets, blacksmithing, building furniture, making barrels, making bricks, building a timber frame, silversmithing, making shoes, binding books...

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It's also about the art museums - the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum - with their amazing examples the works of American artisans. Colonial Williamsburg is great inspiration to get out there and work with your hands and create wonderful, and useful, everyday items using traditional methods.

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(The second and third images  are from Colonial Williamsburg's website because, despite carrying the camera everywhere,  we just didn't take any photos on our trip yesterday. The first image is from one of our previous trips. Visit Colonial Williamsburg's website to learn more.. The works featured on Inspiration Monday are those that I enjoy and I have not been compensated in any way to include them on my blog.)

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