Sheila Hicks

American Modern, made in India


Sheila Hicks has lived and worked in many countries, and always immerses herself fully in the culture. In 1965, she was approached by a representative of Commonwealth Trust of Calicut, Kerala, India. CommTrust was (and is) the longest continually operating hand-weaving mill in India. The mill had thousands of highly skilled weavers, but their fabrics were rejected by European buyers as incompatible with modern furniture. Hicks had been suggested more than once as a textile designer whose ideas were at the forefront of contemporary design thinking.
Sheila Hicks, CommTrust, Kerala India, hand weaving

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

Color Lives: A Conversation about Art, Life, and Fashion


Textiles serve as the most engaging and tactile vehicle for color and life. They wrap, protect, and define us, and tell stories of the maker, user, and culture in which they were woven. This lively conversation with fashion curator, Dilys Blum; artist, Sheila Hicks; and designer, Luca Missoni will cover topics related to current exhibitions and recent projects related to textiles, the influence of the fine arts on their textile making and thinking, and how textiles have been woven from each of their lives.
Sonia Delauney, Color Moves, Exhibition, retrospective, fashion, textiles, paris, 1920s, influence, Dilys Blum, Sheila Hicks, Luca Missoni, Matilda McQuaid, panel, talk, long