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Image features: Long-sleeved, knee-length, reversible coat in needle-punched felt made from recycled sweaters. One side is a dark irregular plaid of blacks and blues, the other a patchwork of blue-tone knit fabrics. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object.
ReMade
As part of Eileen Fisher’s numerous sustainability efforts, the company committed to taking back used Eileen Fisher garments from its customers. Since 2009, with almost no promotion of the initiative, over 600,000 garments were returned. About 40% are still usable; they are cleaned and repaired in the company’s recycling centers in Irvington, NY and Seattle...
Image features a length of cotton fabric with rows of walnuts in irregular gray to brown multitones arranged in a grid on a black ground. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object.
Innovating Printing
In his seminal 1976 book The Dyer’s Art, Jack Lenor Larsen wrote: “Without doubt one of the most successful combinations of innovation, craft and commerce in recent times has emanated from the various Tillett print studios.” From the 1950s through the 1970s, the husband-and-wife team of Doris Doctorow (D.D.) and Leslie Tillett designed and printed...
Image features a length of off-white cotton canvas, screen-printed with loosely drawn bunches of tulips, with dark olive outlines, light olive leaves and charcoal gray blossoms, highlighted in white pigment. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object.
Tulip Scatter
Doris Doctorow was working for Harper’s Bazaar when she was sent on assignment to Mexico to photograph the fabric workshop of brothers Leslie and James Tillett. She soon fell in love with Leslie, cancelled her return home, and learned the craft of silk-screen printing. Their partnership in work and life lasted nearly fifty years until...
Textile, Cairo, 2015; Produced by Knoll Textiles (United States); 38% recycled solution-dyed nylon, 32% rayon, 30% cotton; H x W: 330.2 × 144.5 cm (10 ft. 10 in. × 56 7/8 in.); Gift of Knoll Textiles; 2015-30-5
Cairo
When world-renowned architect David Adjaye was invited to curate an exhibition for the museum’s Selects series in 2015, he quickly chose to focus on the museum’s little-known collection of West African textiles, including works from Ghana, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, and Mali. Having devoted eleven years to an in-depth study of the architecture of the African...
Image features: Lined drape with a hand block printed checkerboard design of two abstracted tree designs. In tan, brown and green on a beige ground. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object.
Checkered Flower
The Milwaukee Handicraft Project’s block printing unit developed as an off-shoot of the bookbinding unit, when the designers there decided to decorate their book covers with linoleum block prints. This quickly evolved into the creation of printed yardage. Barbara Warren was among the graduates of the Milwaukee Teacher’s College art department who served as designer/supervisor,...
Image features a cotton textile printed with hand-pulled stripes of red, pink, orange, yellow, teal, and light blue, with a plaid of straight and curving lines applied on top in emerald green and navy. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object.
Plain Pulled Printed Plaid
In celebration of Women’s History Month, March Object of the Day posts highlight women designers in the collection. From the 1950s through the 1970s, husband-and-wife designers D.D. and Leslie Tillett designed and printed custom fabric yardage in their studio on Manhattan’s Upper East Side under the name “House of T Fabrics.” Their fresh and original...
Image features length of off-white cotton canvas screen-printed with painterly clusters of chrysanthemums in green, blue and white. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object.
Popular Parish Prints
Chrysanthemum could be considered the signature print of House of T Fabrics. It was one of the studio’s best-selling designs for over forty years. House of T was founded on New York’s Upper East Side by the husband-and-wife design team of Leslie and D.D. Tillett. From their combined living and working space on East 80th...
Image features a textile with a design of scattered Queen Anne's Lace on a red strié ground. Stems and leaves are screen printed in red to give shadow effect, and flowers are screen printed in white. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object.
Colorful Queen Anne’s Lace
Queen Anne’s Lace recalls the simple charm of a photogram, an early photographic process where objects, frequently botanical specimens, were placed directly on a photosensitive paper and exposed to sunlight. In fact, the detail captured in this floral design was probably created by placing the flowers directly on the photographic emulsion used to create the...
Image fetures the textile, Aswan, comprising vertical columns of horizontal strokes of blurred color, in soft purples, grays and black. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object.
Digital Printing with Tradition
In 2015, British architect David Adjaye, who had recently completed the design of the acclaimed National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, was invited to curate an exhibition for the museum’s Selects series. Adjaye, who was born in Tanzania and raised in Ghana, has traveled to nearly every African nation and chose...