Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Boston Strong Flags are Flying at MFA

Boston Strong Flags are flying at Museum of Fine Arts Boston, thanks to the wonderful work coordinated by professional crafter, Amy Friend.

Following the 2013 Patriot's Day terror attack on participants and attendees of Boston, Massachusetts' signature event, The Boston Marathon, crafters from around the world felt motivated to show their support to the citizens of that great city.

One of the crafters inspired to reach out, Vancouver, Canada quilter Berene Campbell, contacted Boston-area artist, Amy Friend, with the concept of banding sewers together into a collaborative effort.

Amy Friend has a large following within the crafting community.  She's a design team member for Sizzix, Basic Grey and Therm-O-Web.  She has newly organized the popular Seacoast Modern Quilt Guild and supports the art community as a member of "Inspire! New England Paper Crafts" CRE8TIME team.

A former museum curator, Amy Friend has the professional experience and industry influence needed to spearhead a broad-based concept into a full reality.

Working hand-in-hand with multiple departments at the Museum of Fine Arts - from detailing the concept, promoting the opportunity to artisans to join the effort, handling press inquiries, to coordinating with the actual installation - this stay-at-home-mom worked tirelessly for a month to pull all the details of this enormous undertaking together on a remarkable short timeline.

The response was overwhelming.  Not only did Amy reach her goal of collecting 1,000 flags of support and peace, she singlehandedly opened, processed, delivered and helped install over 1,700 pieces of work that swamped her post office box in under a month!  Incredible!

To experience the "To Boston With Love" installation, it can be viewed at the Museum of Fine Arts through July 7th in the Shapiro Family Courtyard, with a reinstallation scheduled for April 2014.

To see more of Amy Friend, follow her blog, "During Quiet Time," at: duringquiettime.blogspot.com.

Our hats are off to a gleaming professional, Amy Friend.  She's Boston Strong!

Happy Day, Laurel

Laurel Lee Pollard, Online Publisher, Promoter
New England Paper Crafts

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