Back in the USSR

This extremely rare trade catalog from 1940, in the collection of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum Library, represents the output of 10 state-owned ceramics factories from all over the Ukraine in small towns and villages after industry was nationalized in 1918.
Ukraine, ceramics, tableware, prpoganda, Smithsonian Libraries, political symbols, folk art, embroidery, Soviet Union, National Design Library

A Pliable Plane

The granite and glass Ford Foundation Headquarters Building on East 42nd Street in Manhattan was designed by Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo Associates. Completed in 1967, the building is an icon of International Style Modernism. New York Times critic Ada Louise Huxtable hailed the building, with its sky-lit atrium and lush indoor garden, as “12 stories of subtle splendor.”
Sheila Hicks, Warren Platner, Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo Associates, Eero Saarinen, embroidery, Ford Foundation, International Style, modernist architecture, Interior Architecture, interiors, textile design

Family Registers and Family Legends

Considered a genteel accomplishment, needlework was an important component of female education in colonial and federal America. Family register samplers,  such as this late 18th century example worked by twelve-year-old Alicia Lawrence (1787–1866) of Hartford, Connecticut, were frequently made during the later phase of girls’ needlework training, and were a popular way of documenting and preserving family histories.
sampler, family register, Alicia Lawrence, Charles Sheldon, Alice Adams, Nathan Hale, William Lawrence, embroidery, 18th century, needlework

Arabic Design Influence on the Island of Sicily

Sicily, island of sun, myth, and the omnipresent sea, has been the prized jewel in the crown of many invading empires. The Mediterranean Sea was the channel for the great trade routes between the East and the West. Plying her waters, the Phoenicians, the Greeks, the Romans, the Arabs, the French, and the Spanish all conquered Sicily and contributed to her diverse culture.
Sicily, ornament, mermaid, Straits of Messina, Ulysses, Taormina, embroidery

Building Movement

An interview with animator James Duesing. Susan Brown: The question I am most frequently asked as a curator is, “How long would it take to make something like that?” In trying to think of a contemporary form that is comparably labor intensive, animation came to mind.
James Duesing, animation, modeling, mapping, Bernini, embroidery, motion capture

Popular objects

Once a month the Digital & Emerging Media team will be reporting back on how objects in the collection circulate online. And here's our first missive.
permanent collection, embroidery, sampler, Kodak, camera, Peter Pan, wallpaper, doorplate, Saul Bass

Stitches in Time: An Exhibition of Embroideries and Needlework Techniques

embroidery, needlework, handicrafts, samplers, textiles, fabric

The Greenleaf Collection: Textile Arts from the 16th to the Early 19th Century

textiles, textile design, lace making, lace, needlework, embroidery, fashion, Richard Cranch Greenleaf

Western European Embroidery in the Collection of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum

Publication design: Roger Whitehouse
embroidery, Europe, textiles, samplers, permanent collection, ch:exhibition=35349857

Stitch Guide: A Study of the Stitches on the Embroidered Samplers in the Collection of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum

Publication design: Abigail Sturges
embroidery, samplers, fabric, thread, needlework, permanent collection, ch:exhibition=35349951