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May 3, 2012

Candice Thompson has helped me out on an upcoming “pop-up” if you will at Textile Arts Center. For the week of ICFF I put together another American Story and have played with the idea of Didactic Decorative Objects. A small party for the chairs will be held on May 2oth, 4;30 to 6:30. See description below and come by and see the ideas….

American Stories

A collection of didactic decorative objects.

Annie Coggan has developed another American story through didactic decorative objects.

In 1893 Julia Grant, the widow of Ulysses Grant, and Varina Davis, the widow of Jefferson Davis found themselves at the same Hudson Valley resort hotel. It was Varina who knocked on Julia’s door to introduce herself. She said, “Hello, my name is Varina Davis.” Julia let her in and they had tea. No one knows what was said during the meeting, but thereafter they were lifelong friends.

Coggan has designed and crafted, along with Candice Thompson and Corinne Olson, a series of chairs, chair covers and pillows that reflect this compelling story and others from the Civil War era. Coggan’s intention is to bring meaning and learning into decorative objects: a pillow can be didactic, and a chair can tell a tale.  The objects will be on view at the Manhattan location of Textile Arts Center through May 31st and available for order through Annie Coggan.  Reception is Sunday May 20th at 4:30-6:30pm.

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