From the Dinner Table to Museum Display: Case Study of a Napkin
How textiles are stored greatly impacts their future condition. Creases created by folding textiles become deeply engrained; stress along these folds can create breaks in the fibers, eventually leading to tears; discoloration from light exposure, internal chemical degradation, and exposure to acidic environmental factors like wood furniture, non-archival paper, etc. intensifies along the exposed surfaces...
Image of Carole Baijings at lecture podium at Cooper Hewitt
Design by Hand | Design Talk with Scholten & Baijings
Carole Baijings, of the Amsterdam-based design studio Scholten & Baijings, was the featured speaker for Cooper Hewitt’s 2018 Design by Hand series.
a pale grey espresso cup with a square handle and scored with vertical lines to reference a cardboard prototype, plus saucer, designed by Scholten & Baijings and now on view in Scholten & Baijings: Lessons from the Studio. Click on the image for more information about the installation.
“The Color World of Scholten & Baijings”
Scholten & Baijings are acutely sensitive to color.
Image features front Cover of Morris wall-papers by Morris & Company. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object
William Morris Wall-Papers
I could wax poetic on the virtues and talents of William Morris (1834-1896), such as his renowned association with the British Arts and Crafts movement, his contribution to the revival of textiles, the way he established concepts of modern fantasy, and his socialist endeavors. Instead, let’s view this rare trade catalog published by the Morris & Company...
Image of Richard Landis pointing at his weavings
Color Decoded: Richard Landis Extended Interview
Extended interview with Richard Landis was recorded in January, 2018, in his home studio in Prescott, Arizona.
Image features: Fragment showing a design comprised of four blocks, based on a human and animal figures, and one with a geometric interlacing design, in maroon, green and blue. Design inspired by motifs found on the textiles of mummy bundles from the Bolivian Andes. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object.
Bol-Inca by California Hand Prints
On November 21, 1939, Women’s Wear Daily reported on the upcoming launch of a new line of fabrics from the Bol-Inca Group. Under the art direction of Will Chappel, this group of eight fabrics took direct inspiration from a collection of original pre-Columbian fabrics purchased in Bolivia by fashion and accessories designer Alma Norton Duffill...
The Master Silk Printer
Elizabeth Broman discusses the 1920s trade catalogue The Master Silk Printer.
Photograph of Joyful Interiors Book Signing
Joyful Interiors: Rediscovering the Textiles of Marguerita Mergentime
Exploring Marguerita Mergentime’s life and career, reintroducing her ideas on modern design, informal dining, and joyful living.
Samoan Bark Cloth
The ancient craft of creating bark cloth is shared by numerous cultures around the world. In Samoa, this textile tradition has been passed down for generations and is an integral component of gift exchange. The textile we see here is a prime example of a siapo tasina, a type of bark cloth (siapo) that has...