Look, it's a midweek post! I like that.
The always-wonderful V&A Museum will host a quilt exhibition next year, covering 300 years of quilting in England. Curator Sue Prichard has started Hidden Histories, Untold Stories, a blog to chronicle preparations for the exhibition, and the introductory post promises good things to come and a unique look behind the scenes of museum work:
I like the reference to untold stories and hidden things; I like secret pockets and furniture with hidden drawers and mysterious locks and false backs. There was an exhibition some time ago about the practice of hiding clothes in walls of buildings; I don't remember what the logic (or illogic) was behind the practice, but -- how interesting.
And here's another morsel - the NY Times has a great story today on their Frugal Traveler blog on the flea markets of Paris. In the end, the author bought a vintage textile. Good choice. As I've said before, I'm much more Paris flea market than clutter-free organization. I like the treasure hunt for those hidden things.
There's a great country song that Kelly Willis recorded years ago -- I don't know who wrote it, but here are the lyrics:
I don't need to wear big diamond rings
All I ever need is an honest guy to hold me
Someone who can show me hidden things
Now all across this world I have been a constant traveler
I have sat with presidents and kings
I have sat on stairs with men who have delivered
And I have come to know some hidden things
I don't need to live in a mansion on a hillside
And watch the colored birds as they sing
All I ever want is an honest eye that sparkles
That surely will reveal some hidden things
So if you find someone who says he loves you truly
Make sure that you take a look within
For a handsome face can fade and passion soon grows colder
And all that will remain are hidden things