Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Building Thoughts

I thought I would use this image to make some connections after reading more of the Betsy Ross. Marla Miller gives a loving description of the role drapery workrooms play in the life of the colonial Americans. The bed was the most opulent piece of furniture in many colonial houses-the textiles and tapestries used to drape the bed were expensive and ornate. The testers and canopies were not decorative but place -making devices because the bed was placed in the "best room"(canopies and testers afforded privacy) a public room in the colonial house-one would show off all the textile work on the bed to show the families status. In short the writer says-"the bed was a place not an object".

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