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Trude Guermonprez: Breaking Boundaries with Design
Trude Guermonprez (1910-1979) was a highly regarded textile designer born in Germany. Guermonperz immigrated to America and began teaching weaving at the Black Mountain College in North Carolina until the weaving program there ended. Trude Guermonperz then went on to teach at the California School of Fine Arts (now the San Francisco Art Institute), and...
Spotlight On: Suzie Zuzek | The Stories Behind the Prints
Between 1962 and 1985, prolific textile designer Suzie Zuzek (1920-2011) created over 1,500 designs for Key West Hand Print Fabrics in Key West, Florida, many of which were used by fashion designer Lilly Pulitzer. Cooper Hewitt’s forthcoming exhibition “Suzie Zuzek for Lilly Pulitzer: The Prints That Made the Fashion Brand” will feature more than 35...
Design It Yourself: Design a Repeating Pattern Inspired by Suzie Zuzek
In this collection, explore the colorful, nature-inspired pattern designs of Suzie Zuzek, whose vibrant prints appeared on Lilly Pulitzer fashions in the 1960s, 70s, and early 80s. Follow along to design your own repeating pattern.
Eva Zeisel: A Lifetime of Design
Eva Zeisel (1906–2011) was born in Budapest and only immigrated to America in 1938 after having been imprisoned by the NKVD in Russia for an alleged plot on Stalin’s life. She lived in America for the rest of her life though she continued to work internationally and worked until she passed away in 2011 at...
Dorothy Wright Liebes: Unorthodox Textiles
Dorothy Wright Liebes (1893-1972) was a textile designer who is known for having developed a distinctive look, including vibrant colors and patterns that became synonymous with the Modernist movement in California in the 1940s and 1950s. Widely traveled, Liebes often drew inspiration from the places she visited around the world for her unique textile designs....
Spotlight On: Althea McNish
Althea McNish (British, born Trinidad, May 15, 1924 – April 6, 2020), was a textile designer who rose to prominence in London with her bright and tropical printed textiles inspired by the colors and landscape of her native Trinidad. ​She became one of the first Black British textile designers to garner international acclaim, enchanting her clients with textiles featuring vibrant palettes...
Primer plano sobre Althea McNish
Althea McNish (británica, nacida en Trinidad, el 15 de mayo de 1924, fallecida el 6 de abril del 2020) fue una diseñadora de textiles que se hizo famosa en Londres por sus telas estampadas vibrantes y tropicales inspiradas en los colores y paisajes de su Trinidad natal. Fue una de las primeras diseñadoras de textiles...