Friday, September 30, 2011

Chicago = Jazz + Stained Glass

I went to my first Jazz Club performance last night, and it was great fun! We went to the Jazz Showcase and heard Eric Reed and his Trio. It was a great set, and I thought the ambiance of the club was wonderful as well. Definitely something I will be repeating, I hope.

As many of you know, I'm working on a stained glass project, and in furtherance of that, I'm trying to educate myself on various styles and genres of stained glass. I have been viewing various churches, etc. for some time now, where ever I go, and had two viewing opportunities planned for this trip. I will be going to The
Art Institute as well as The Smith Museum while in Chicago.

Earlier in the day we did go to the Art Institute to see the Chagall windows and the Spider Silk Weaving exhibit. Both were amazing, but the spider silk textile is something you really need to see in person. I'd read about it in several places and seen really good photos, but the reality is something special. I'm certainly not a fan of spiders, and I don't know that I could have worked on a project like this, but the results are spectacular.

1 comment:

Mardel said...

I too have seen photos but never the real thing. I am intrigued and would like to see it someday, but can't quite imagine actually weaving it -- the thought of spiders still makes me shiver. There was a fabulous exhibit in NY a while back where they had some fibers made with spider silk and other things, metals or carbon fibers, and had made incredibly strong materials. It was really amazing. Sorry, too fuzzy to think yet this morning.