Created by Staff at Thomas Edison National Historical Park, West Orange, New Jersey
Organizer: Michelle Ortwein
Title: Where the future began…
Theme: Innovation – Edison and Beyond (science/technology)
Materials: Machine appliqué, cotton fabric, ink jet printer fabric, fusible interfacing, thread.
Did you enjoy this project? Yes – it was lots of fun!
About: Our artwork uses historic and modern photos to tie the past to the present. Thomas Edison and his “Muckers” created innovative new technologies such as the electrical industry, the phonograph, the motion picture camera, the storage battery, and created the world’s first industrial research and development (R&D) labs.
The staff and volunteers who work at Edison’s “Invention Factory” in West Orange, New Jersey – now Thomas Edison National Historical Park – are the current-day “Muckers” who interpret these innovations, preserve the museum collections, and care for the historic buildings at this museum for this and future generations.