It remains a long-standing tradition to present the winner of the Preakness a blanket of Black-Eyed Susans, which is draped across the shoulders of the winning horse.
Upon completion, the center of the daisies are daubed with black lacquer to recreate the appearance of a Black-Eyed Susan. The blanket is then sprayed with water and refrigerated until Preakness Day, when it is delivered to the track,to be worn by the Preakness winner. Black-Eyed Susans, declared the state flower by the Maryland legislature in 1918 and the Preakness flower in 1940, do not bloom until June in Maryland. It is said the Susan’s flower usually has 13 petals, which is taken to symbolize the 13 original colonies, of which Maryland was one. The flower reproduces the state’s black and yellow colors.
In this Friday, April 5, 2013 photo a ski resort employee stands on top of a snow storage next to rolls of insulated blankets. The Rosa Khutor Alpine skiing resort which is hosting the 2014 Winter Olympics is set to store nearly half a million cu. meters of snow collected in piles tightly covered by insulated blankets.(AP Photo/ Nataliya Vasilyeva)(Credit: AP)
Portrait sessions in the late 1800s ‘were challenging for sitters because of the slow emulsion sensitivity and consequently lengthy exposure times. In the case of children, one stress-reducing device for keeping them still was to cloak mothers and disguise them as a support on or against which the child rested.
Parents went to great lengths to make the portraits appear as natural as possible, but as these examples show, that was hardly the case.
The lack of effort in some cases can be explained by the use of frames once the photograph was developed, which would hide the cloaked head and skirt of the ‘invisible mother’.
The Basotho people also known as Sotho, are Bantu people of the Kingdom of Lesotho (lusō’tō), an enclave within the Republic of South Africa. Maseru is the capital and largest city. There are ten administrative districts. Lesotho is often referred to as “the roof of Africa”.
This article discusses three 18th- and 19th-century quilts in the V&A’s collections, whose histories of making were revealed through X-radiography, as much as the materials they were made of. MORE HERE
If you need a blanket, Travis Meinolf, the self-appointed Action Weaver, will give you one. For free. And it won’t be a common fleece or wool number. It will look like folk art. It could be made by the artist or by many hands, and perhaps strung together from woven cloths of varying stripes, colors, and sizes. These free hand-woven blankets are a component of the artist’s ongoing project Blanket Offer, part of the artist’s grand mission to bring weaving to the masses…
More on Travis Meinolf in Elizabeth Essner’s article here.