The Temecula Valley Museum is pleased to announce a new traveling exhibit, Thrift Style, will be on display from OCT 29, 2021 through NOV 28, 2021. Thrift Style explores the reuse of feed sacks to make clothing and other household objects and illuminates how the “upcycling” of these bags mutually benefitted twentieth-century consumers and businesses. With forty-one works from patterns to garments, it serves as an example of past ingenuity that can inform today’s efforts towards sustainability.
The exhibition, organized by the Historic Costume and Textile Museum and the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, both at Kansas State University, and ExhibitsUSA, a program of Mid-America Arts Alliance, provides a nostalgic view into American ingenuity, sensibility, and optimism during a particularly challenging time of economic hardship and war—the period of the Great Depression and World War II. The reuse of feed, flour, and sugar sacks was a cost-saving and resource-saving approach employed by homemakers to make new items to meet their families’ needs.
Temecula Mayor Maryann Edwards states, “This exhibit highlights the fact that sustainability and recycling are not new concepts, and cooperation with manufacturers can reap benefits for the business and the consumer. The City of Temecula supports these ideas and encourages cooperation wherever feasible.” This exhibition offers a snapshot of domestic life during these historic times, when recycling was as critical as it is today, and it provides one of the best examples of upcycling in our nation’s history.
Temecula City Council Member and Temecula Community Services President, Zak Schwank adds, “This exhibit showcases how creativity and the human spirit can come together to solve societal issues. Much can be learned from the past, and we can apply the strategies developed during times of need to modern problems for the benefit of humanity.”
This exhibition is toured by ExhibitsUSA, a national program of Mid-America Arts Alliance. ExhibitsUSA sends exhibitions on tour to small- and mid-sized communities every year. These exhibitions create access to an array of arts and humanities experiences, nurture the understanding of diverse cultures and art forms, and encourage the expanding depth and breadth of cultural life in local communities. Mid-America Arts Alliance (M-AAA) strengthens and supports artists, cultural organizations, and communities. Additional information is available at www.eusa.org and www.maaa.org.
The Temecula Valley Museum is located at Sam Hicks Monument Park in Old Town Temecula, 28314 Mercedes Street, and is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00am to 4:00pm. For more information and other fun online activities, please visit TemeculaValleyMuseum.org, or call (951) 694-6450.