When our ship docked in Juneau, the weather greeted us with a misty, cold rain. No problem…we made lemonade from lemons…especially while on vacation!
Since Juneau is the capital of Alaska, we decided the Alaska State Museum might be a good place to escape the rain and spend some time immersed in Alaskan heritage. A recreated life size eagle’s nest greeted us just inside the entrance…nice start! Things just kept getting better!
The exhibits inside the museum include tributes to the Native peoples of Alaska who have rich, diverse histories and cultures. The colors in these masks were striking and beautiful.
These woven baskets were exquisite! The colors and designs were bright, cheery and looked a bit quilty!
After spending several hours in the museum, I found the Changing Tides Fabric & Needle ART Gift Store where I encountered the art of Barbara Lavallee for the first time. After just visiting the museum and then seeing Barbara’s work, I was totally enchanted by her designs! Her depictions of Eskimo women celebrating every day life events are colorful and joyful!
Barbara’s prints have been translated into fabric panels and complimenting fabrics for quilting. The Changing Tides shop had a nice selection of Barbara’s panels and after much deliberation, I decided to make a wallhanging from the fabrics in the Eskimo Snow Collection.
I can’t wait to start working on my wallhanging! Every time I look at the fabric, I smile as I remember a rainy but dreamy day in Juneau.
Museum + Fabric…what a winning combination! Here’s one more picture to bring color and joy to your day!