Ginkgo Dust Up Headed to Dili, Timor Leste

I am thrilled to announce that as part of the U. S. Department of State Art in Embassies program, Ginkgo Dust Up will be on exhibit in the U.S. Embassy residence in Dili, Timor Leste, beginning this spring.

Ginkgo Dust Up, 27 1/2" x 54 3/4", 2009, For SaleThe curator for this exhibit explained that the theme for the new exhibition is fiber art.

Fiber plays an important role in the culture of East Timor; their Tais cloth is a form of traditional weaving created by women and used for a variety of purposes. We think that the people of East Timor will be interested in seeing and learning about American textiles.

The Art in Embassies program was founded in 1963 with the mission of creating exhibitions of original art for display in the public rooms of the U. S. diplomatic residences worldwide. The residences serve as centers for official state functions, and the exhibitions provide tangible focal points around which to build public outreach. Each exhibition becomes a part of the ambassador’s cultural mission.

I applaud the new ambassador’s focus on Tais cloth and Fiber art, both  significant contributions of the women of East Timor and the United States, to their cultural heritages. I am honored to be a part of an exhibit whose purpose is outreach and education between cultures.

22 replies
  1. 379christy
    379christy says:

    Wow, Franki. Just thrilled? Did you have to calm poor Taylor down after you got that news and went a bit wild? Congratulations!

  2. silkandsateen
    silkandsateen says:

    Franki – what a huge honor! I know that your lovely work will be enjoyed by the women of Timor and appreciated by all who see your piece. I have always thought that having a piece of fiber art in a US Embassy was the ultimate honor. Good for you! M

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