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Sidewall, “Tudor Rose”, 1874-1920
Tynecastle Canvas
This Tudor Rose pattern of Tynecastle Canvas is one of a very few textile wallcoverings in the Museum’s collection. Tudor Rose consists of a single repeating element, a foliage sprig with a dominant tudor rose along with several smaller flowers. This motif is tightly melded with its repeating cohorts so forms a nice all-over pattern,...
Poster, Russian Youth Perspective
Pioneering the utopian future
The song lyric, “I believe the children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way” (famously popularized by Whitney Houston in 1985) holds surprising resonance with this 1976 poster for The Young Pioneer Organization of the Soviet Union. The revolutionary Young Pioneer Organization, also known as the Lenin All-Union Pioneer Organization,...
ASAFO Flag, before 1957
Beware of Armed Women
Among the Fante people of coastal Ghana, small local militias known as Asafo play an important role in community and political life. Rivalries among the Asafo companies are common, and many flags are specifically designed as challenges or insults to rival companies. Others are based on proverbs, with subtle references to local events or personalities....
Family Register Sampler, 1833
In Bliss or Woe
This family register sampler, with its melancholy verse about the fleeting nature of life, was stitched in 1833 by Abigail Barnard. Although such samplers were typically part of the needlework education of schoolgirls, Abigail created this example at the age of twenty-seven to document the birth, marriage, and death dates of her parents and siblings....
Frieze, 1900
Creating a Beautiful Learning Environment for Children
After viewing this wallpaper frieze in the collection numerous times and always being enamored by its simplicity and charm, I finally took the initiative to do some research to see what it actually was. Stylized birds and peacock feathers are intertwined with a scrolling rinceau pattern, creating a delightful frieze pattern. The design is rendered in a...
Still from Collections in Motion video
I Like to Move It, Move It
There are lots of ways to sort and view the works in our collection. Perhaps you'd like to see everything that's considered art deco. Maybe you want to see everything in wool. Or everything that's got a dog on it. Or all things light green. We've recently begun to explore a new category of collection objects: things that...
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Belle Kogan: Designing a Place for Women in the Field of Industrial Design
In the late 1920s, industrial design began to emerge as a viable field in the United States.  Because of the Great Depression, there was a great deal of competition among companies who were beginning to rely on visual form as a way to sell products. Men dominated the field until Belle Kogan came on the...
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Capturing a Decade: Thérèse Bonney
Left: Paris, France, ca. 1925. Annual exhibition of the Primavera design department of Au Printemps department store.   Right: Paris, France, ca. 1926. Copper-color painted figure with necklace of diamonds and sapphires by Dusausoy and dress by Callot-Soeurs.          Born in upstate New York, Thérèse Bonney (1897-1978), was a photojournalist whose work reflected a wide variety of...
Woman stands next to a large reindeer, holding a young child sitting on the reindeer; both dressed in fur-lined parkas and boots; rectangular base.
Always be Mama
“May there always be sunshine, May there always be sky, May there always be Mama, May there always be me.” The poem "May There Always Be Sunshine," was one of the most beguiling verses of the Soviet era. Written in 1928 by a four-year-old boy, Konstantin Barannikov, the poem illustrates the conflation of mother and...
Long vertical hanging depicting a woman with a walking stick standing on a curving path lined with tulips, with two children in the foreground.
Teaching as Art: The Tapestry Art of Ann-Mari Kornerup
Tapestry weaver Ann-Mari Kornerup (1918-2006) frequently depicted scenes of everyday life. Many include children. Kornerup was born in Stockholm, Sweden and studied at the Swedish School of Textiles, Borås. She moved to Denmark after her marriage to Danish architect Jørgen K. Ebbe and established a weaving workshop in Charlottenlund, outside of Copenhagen, in 1951. A...