Many of us visit museums and galleries to see innovative work and to find inspiration. Since everything is closed right now, many museums and galleries have put together virtual tours of their collections and exhibits. Here is a sampling of some favourites:
Compiled by Theresa S:
Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), New York, NY - moma.org - free online courses.
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON - gallery.ca - live virtual tours scheduled.
Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, MB - wag.ca - WAG @home features exhibits and activities
Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto, ON - textilemuseum.ca - whole collection is online - can search by type of fibre.
American Folk-Art Museum - folkartmuseum.org - collections online, over 500 textiles.
Victoria and Albert Museum - London, England - vam.ac.uk - online access to collections, including an extensive collection of textiles, with articles.
Visions Art Museum, San Diego, CA - visionsartmuseum.org - exhibits online, links to textile artists’ websites, articles, videos and projects galore.
There are organizations and companies that offer more in-depth classes and workshops for quilters and fibre artists, many of them free or low cost. Whether you want to learn a new technique or brush up on some technical skills, you will find something online.
Bluprint (formerly Craftsy) - mybluprint.com - Individual classes are available for just $20 each. You can also become a member and access all classes for one single payment.
Skillshare - skillshare.com - basic membership is free and gives you access to 1000+ courses on the arts and creativity, from basic quilting to using social media.
Textileartist.org - online newsletter for textile and fibre artists - offers fee-based ebooks and courses, but right now they are running a free five week hand stitch course through Facebook.
Missouri Star Quilt Company - missouriquiltco.com - lots of free patterns, video tutorials on techniques and projects.
Creativelive.com - join this online site and get free access to scheduled classes in all types of creative arts, as they are streamed online.
Other general online sources of information and inspiration:
Pinterest - pinterest.com - browse categories, or check out the boards of artists you like
And lastly, as a retired librarian, here’s my plug for your local library - the Winnipeg Public Library winnipegmb.rbdigital.com offers free access to online magazines, many of them geared toward crafting and hobbies. Check out the newest issue of Quilting Arts or American Craft.
Do you have a favourite site or source that you use regularly? Let us know…..