Author: Matilda McQuaid

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No-waste Cotton Cape
Japanese resourcefulness embodied in a nineteenth-century cloak.
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A Textile Collage
Designed by Reiko Sudo, one of Japan's most important contemporary textile designers.
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Life of a Jamdani
How textiles for saris are made and remade.
Prototype for a table runner, 2014, USA, designed by Sandy Chilewich, (American, b. 1951), vinyl and acrylic double cloth, Gift of Sandy Chilewich, 2015-22-1.
A Runner’s Glow
Sandy Chilewich has been the creative mind behind the vinyl tabletop industry she popularized with her eponymous line in 2000. She has said that she always had a passion for repurposing manufacturing processes and finding new applications for materials that have been underutilized. Most recently she saw an experimental fabric being manufactured at the weaving...
Sampler, Germany, 2015, designed by Heidrun Schimmel (German, b. 1941), Medium: silk foundation, cotton and polyester embroidery
Technique: embroidered on plain weave, Gift of Heidrun Schimmel, 2015-14-1
Thread Tracks Time
Heidrun Schimmel says that she has always been interested in the connection between fiber/fabric/textile and the human being, especially between the thread and the human. Perhaps a metaphor for human existence, stitching with thread tracks time, especially when employing the same type of stitch on the same type of cloth as Schimmel has been doing...
Textile, Circle Square II, Japan, ca. 1995–98,  designed by Hideko Takahashi, triple-layered plain weave in wool, cut, felted, and dyed, Gift of The Museum of Modern Art, courtesy of the designer, 2002-17-1.
Triple Layers and Pockets
Circle Square II, designed by Hideko Takahashi in 1995, exemplifies varied experiments with the shrinking and cutting of a triple-layered cloth resulting in what seems to be a single layer with appliquéd pockets. Takahashi describes her three-layer textiles as a “two-layer cake.” She distinguishes the alternating blue-and-white colored layers that comprise the “cake” by cutting...
Panel: Fluid Green, Denmark, 1998, designed by Inge Lindqvist, Danish, b. 1958, wool felt, stitch-resist dyed, Museum purchase through gift of John Pierpont Morgan and Mrs. Hamilton Fish Webster and from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund, 2008-17-1
Fluid Green
In celebration of Women’s History Month, Cooper Hewitt is dedicating select Object of the Day entries to the work of women designers in our collection. In Fluid Green, the Danish textile designer Inge Lindqvist explores her interest in traditional stitched-resist dyeing techniques through the industrial felt medium. Primarily used in Africa, Indonesia, Japan, South America,...
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Mirror, mirror on the wall…
This week’s entries are dedicated to objects featured in the exhibition Thom Browne Selects (see installation image above), currently on view at Cooper Hewitt through October 23, 2016. The following is an excerpt from a conversation that I had with American fashion designer and National Design Award winner, Thom Browne, about his museum exhibition and...
Textile, "Wool Dot Gather"
Dots and Stripes
Wool Dot Gather, designed by Osamu Mita and manufactured at his family’s textile company, Mitasho, is made of wool and rayon. The textile has a very rich textural surface created by a combination of patterning in the weaving process, as well as shrinking in the finishing. The white plain woven wool forms both the dots...