An Eye for Nature: Dora Jung’s Shell Tapestries

Shells II is one of a series of four shell weavings created by Finnish textile designer Dora Jung (1906-1980). It features four tan shells against a dark grey background.
Dora Jung, Alice Baldwin Beer, Charles Talley, FiberArts, damask

Sitting on Sculpture

Many people say “Chippendale” when they see a chair with a carved and pierced back.  While it is true that Thomas Chippendale designed such chairs and his workshop produced similar models, the reason such chairs bear his name is because of the book of designs he published, The Gentleman and Cabinetmaker’s Director the first edition of which was in 1754.
chair, Chippendale, carving, england, Scotland, Ireland, Affleck, Philadelphia, damask, mahogany, red walnut, Director

Studied Beauty: Textile Panel by Ethel Stein

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum is fortunate to have in its collection three textiles designed and woven by Ethel Stein, a preeminent twentieth and twenty-first century American artist and weaver.  Stein’s early design influences include studying in the 1940s with the Bauhaus artist and designer, Josef Albers (1888-1976) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josef_Albers .
Ethel Stein, ikat, damask, Josef Albers, Bauhaus, weaver