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98-year-old Arizona woman’s art on display at Sky Harbor’s airport museum

PHOENIX — A 98-year-old Arizona artist’s exhibition series of modern-style capes is on display at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.

Eleanor Bostwick from Prescott created a series, “Worn as Art, Reversible Capes by Eleanor Bostwick”, of unique-looking capes of different shapes and designs over a period of 30 years.

Using all types of materials such as silk, taffeta, leather, and even paper and other items she collected, she made reversible and wearable capes, with some taking more than five years to complete.

One of Bostwick’s capes, “Fantasia,” used more than 10,000 hand-rolled beads made from glossy magazines.

In an interview  with Sky Harbor’s Airport Museum, Bostwick said she began making the capes after she took a course from woman in England who taught her about stitchery.

“I guess I like fashion,” Bostwick said. “I just hope we will do some good in getting people to know that clothing can be can be a piece of art. You just have to try a little bit harder.

Bostwick’s exhibition is now a part of the museum’s permanent collection, adding to the almost 900 pieces of art in all forms of media. The cape exhibit can be found on Level 2 before security .

The Sky Harbor airport museum has 35 exhibit spaces in six of its buildings and in the Phoenix Aviation Archives.

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