Del Thomas – Textile Art Collector
Del Thomas the 77-year-old textile art collector and owner of The Thomas Contemporary Quilt Collection has passionately collected art for more than three decades. She joyously shares her collection with others and has generously decided to give her private collection a forever home in a museum in the future.
A couple of months ago, I shared the first part of my interview with Del in this article – “Passionately Collecting Textile Art”. In this second part, we enjoy the benefit of Del’s thirty (30) years as a textile art collector by getting some words of advice on how to build your own private textile art collection.
How To Build A Private Textile Art Collection
- Start out keeping good records of everything there is to know about the art quilts you purchase. Keep receipts, correspondence, all information about the artists and how to contact them in the future.
- Be sure you are collecting what you like and will enjoy. Do not collect thinking you will make a profit in reselling what you collect.
- Think about how and where you will store your artwork properly. Exposing your artwork to – dust, moisture, light, heat, mishandling, bugs, being stacked, folded can destroy them. (Read about 5 art care tips here)
- If you’re on a budget, start small, looking for small pieces that you’re attracted to at online auctions and even on eBay. Search online for textile artists, too.
- Be sure there is a return clause in your sales agreements.
My interview with textile art collector – Del Thomas has been very enlightening for me personally. Del exudes passion and energy as a textile art collector. Her energy is really contagious and I hope my interview with her has inspired you to also become a textile art collector.
Can’t wait to see you in the comments section.