John Powell’s Visit

Today, we were joined by artist and button blanket maker, John Powell. John has worked on a vast amount of blankets over the course of his career. We were lucky enough to view a number of these blankets during his visit. One of the most extraordinary blankets which John brought with him was made entirely of sequins. He explained that sequins became popular with blanket makers during the Potlatch Ban as sequins are light and silent, so they allowed people to more easily carry and use their blankets discretely. Although there is no longer a need for discretion with regards to the use of button blankets, sequins remain beautiful additions to such blankets and produce a stunning visual effect when incorporated into blanket details.

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