Also at the Met, tucked into the African section was a regretfully small exhibit of African Textiles called "The Essential Art of African Textiles". I love African textiles and would have liked this to have been a much larger exhibit, but what was there were some gems. There were examples of Kente and Adire cloths but also works by contemporary artists. A work by El Anatsui blossommed art love in me, it was so cool. The piece was called "Heaven and Earth" and was made out of bits of salvaged metal and bottle caps all pieced together with bits of wire. It was simultaneously sculpture, painting, Kente cloth, quilt, you name it, there were many layers to it but mostly it was beautiful. I took some pictures which I've posted below but the light was very poor. You can see a better image on the Met's website: here. And the day after I was at the museum the New York Times Fashion Magazine had a wonderful profile on El Anatsui, my new art hero, with some great photos: here.
Of course my trip also involved seeing lots of friends. The first ones that I saw were Kim and Deborah right after getting off the Fung Wah (which was as usual too hot, noisy, and I felt like spewing). Deborah wasn't expecting me and was so shocked to see me that I think she was speechless for good while. And what do bloggers do when they see each other? Immediately photograph one another.
Back at home there hasn't been too much crafting going on. I've been logging a lot of hours on my final project for the html/css class that I've been taking. It's been a huge learning curve, but I think I'm finally catching on.