I flew out of Lima early in the morning and landed in Miami in the early afternoon. After clearing customs, I connected to a flight to Denver that evening. It was a long day of flying and waiting in airports, but I didn’t have to overnight in a hotel or on a plane.
My sisters, Martha and Do, and I had a great visit. We began in Denver with some museum trips.
One was to see the fashion designs of Yve St Laurens. There two hundred mannequins each dressed with a design he created during the 40 years of his career. One wall of the exhibit was covered from floor to ceiling with tuxedos he had designed. The show also included photos, drawings and films. What a great display! The thing that really struck me was that most, if not all, of his designs would be appropriate for wear today.
We also visited a display of about 200 of Madeleine Albright’s pins. She was the first woman as Secretary of State in 1997, under Bill Clinton. She was well known for choosing pins to wear when she was meeting with dignitaries around the world in her role as Secretary of State. Most often the pin she chose to wear would have an unspoken message or would suggest her mood. For example, when Saddam Hussein’s press referred to her as a serpent, she wore a golden snake brooch at her next meeting on Iraq.
We also visited the Denver Museum of Contemporary Art which is located next door to Martha’s condo building. They had an exhibit called “More American Photos.” It was a display of black and white photography from the Farm Security Administration of the 1930’s and 1940’s documenting the great Depression. Mixed in with these were some contemporary photos showing a parallel between our current economic troubles.
There was also a very interesting exhibit called “Guarded.” This display focused on airport security; specifically the TSA. In this large room was a long folding table. On this table was a computer displaying photos of 21 prohibited items. These 21 prohibited items were “guarded” by a TSA agent sitting in front of the monitor. On the wall was a giant figure in neon, pointing his finger at the observer.
After our museum visits, we drove to Cheyenne where Do lives. Do is a very talented quilter; she shows her quilts in exhibitions and competitions all over the country. Her studio is in her basement and it is very well equipped. I had requested some time with her in her studio where she could show me how to do screen printing. As it turned out, we bought some all cotton T-shirts from Target and she showed Martha and I how to dye fabric to get variations of color, intensity and patterns. I also bought several T-shirts for the kids at Mama Coche and then designed a logo for their “swim team.”
Another highlight of the trip to Cheyenne was getting to know Do’s grandchildren and seeing my nephew, Casey. Kelton, who will be going into middle school this coming fall, spent a lot of time listening and reading to books. We did, however, get a chance to attend a concert he and his band put on at the Cheyenne Public Library. Kelton played the bass guitar. This group has only been together for a few months, but did an awesome job. Other groups also played and sang. A fun concert.
Max, age 6, was also afoot. We arrived in Cheyenne on his last day of school for the year which he was sad about. We went to buy him some T-shirts and he joined us in the dying process. After he had died his shirts, he chose some designs to screen print on them. He now has five new shirts for the summer!
I got the name “Grandma Karen” as Do was “Grandma” and Martha, “Grandma Martha.” I’m not technically a grandmother yet, but I’ll claim all five of Doug’s grandchildren as my own.