The October 2007 issue of Interior Design magazine has a full-page detail (above, top) of one of Jon Eric Riis’ textiles (part of the collection of a homeowner in Austin). The feather motif is incredibly striking — and the whole piece seems to mix an unstructured contemporary sensibility with an almost medieval quality*, as if he blew up a detail found in an old tapestry and then made it three dimensional. You can see the scale of the work as it hangs on the far left hand side of the interior room shot. Click here to see more of his pieces at the Jane Sauer Gallery in Santa Fe.

*In an abstract way it reminds me of the Unicorn Tapestries at the Cloisters in NYC; detail below is from “The Unicorn is Found” (1495-1505), shown on the Metropolitan Museum’s website.