Jewelry & Textiles Director
A lifelong history and literature enthusiast, Nancy Blount was drawn to jewelry and textiles because of how she could see those topics represented in material culture. Nancy grew up doing needlework with her mother, and then as a literacy tutor discovered that historically, needlework samplers had been young girls’ earliest literacy tools. Similarly, Nancy has always loved jewelry that tells a story, whether it be pieces worn for good luck, or inspired by the European Grand Tour, or with the exoticism of the Egyptian Revival. A hands-on expert herself, Nancy appreciates the nuanced evidence of the maker that are always present in handmade pieces, both in textiles and in jewelry.