Whittlin’ History is a permanent exhibit within the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village displaying Jehu Camper’s wooden “whittlins.” Camper’s folk art captures rural Delaware at the turn of the twentieth century. The museum has the entirety of Camper’s work and wished to display as much as possible. With only 800-square-feet and a limited budget, the designers set out to provide an engaging look at Camper’s art. Using a palette of materials limited to Sintra and wood, the exhibit looks to Camper for inspiration. The design utilized iconographic images such as the red and white checkered pattern from tablecloths Camper used to display his work and templates Camper used to whittle his “characters.” The exhibit is presented in an object/label art museum format, through visible storage, and in the interpretive context of the artifacts that Camper documented.
Joseph A. Nicholson (Principal in Charge), George Gehring, Aimee Mercer, Joseph Nicholson, Amy Rees
Ueland Junker McCauley Nicholson
800 sq. ft.
David Wolfe Design