Join award-winning precious-metal embroiderer, instructor at the Smithsonian Associates and the Folger, Deborah Merrick-Wilson, for a dynamic talk on the history and influence of this embroidery discipline on the politics and global economic system of medieval through Elizabethan England. The talk will include stunning display examples and a mini-demonstration of several techniques. Deborah, a member of Woodlawn's Nelly's Needlers has received a Certification With Distinction from the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace, among many others, and has taught precious-metal embroidery classes throughout the world.
Since Saxon times the adornment of finery with precious metals and gems has, in addition to its intrinsic value, symbolized the wealth and status of its owner. Whether for the embellishment of royal or ecclesiastical regalia, furnishings or heraldic symbols nothing else expresses the richness of what came to be known throughout the world, due to the exceptional quality of the work of the English embroiderers of the 9th through the 17th centuries, simply as "Opus Anglicanum" or "English Work".
Each attendee will receive an assortment of free samples of the precious metal materials still being used in the execution of this art.