Browsing articles from "March, 2008"

Mariska Karasz –

Mar 30, 2008 | 1 Comment


Titled “Skein” this print dates to 1952 and was designed by Mariska Karasz, a woman “among the pioneers of modern fiber arts in the 20th century.” I love its self referential / meta nature and also how wacky and off-kilter the whole composition is. I’m also surprised she did it for F. Schumacher as the company today seems rather staid and traditional (not that that’s a bad thing!).

Ingrid Anderson –

Mar 26, 2008 | Leave a Comment


Ingrid Anderson is a textile designer from New Zealand creating a range of fabrics and home accessories with fresh patterns in crisp palettes. I found her site through the blog skinny laminx, another good find. Above is Anderson’s pattern “karaka”, available on pillow covers, tea towels, aprons and bags. Also, check out her ironing board cover in pattern “pohutukawa” – !

Kesi Tapestry –

Mar 24, 2008 | 1 Comment

I came across a new bit of textile vocabulary this afternoon – the word “kesi”. The online Encyclopedia Britannica has this entry for the word: Chinese silk tapestry woven in a pictorial design. The designation kesi, which means “cut silk,” derives from the visual illusion of cut threads that is created by distinct, unblended areas of colour. The example above is from Hong Kong’s Heritage Museum website. For me this fragment reiterates how difficult (or impossible) it is to form any mental grasp on the scope and dynamism of human history. If asked to guess a time period for this piece I would never come up with Han Dynasty (206 BC to 220 AD, as stated by the Heritage Museum site). If asked to guess an origin I would never come up with China.

First Day of Spring –

Mar 21, 2008 | 1 Comment


In most time zones it’s already the second day of Spring but there are still about 90 minutes left in California to make this post on time. The Style Files, one of my favorite design blogs, has a post from 3/13/08 on Madame Kury, a great looking shop in Vienna. Their website has an online shopping section with some flamboyant one-of-a-kind pillows for sale. The pillow above is still available!

Rosie Lee Tomkins –

Mar 19, 2008 | 2 Comments


Since my previous post featured a quilt with an unknown maker, here’s another impressive quilt with a known maker, Rosie Lee Tomkins. She’s a new name for me but is apparently quite well known. Here’s an article about her life, 1936-2006.

International Quilt Study Center –

Mar 18, 2008 | 2 Comments


I relish the New York Times‘ seasonal publication of their design magazine and was treated to their Spring 2008 issue this past Sunday. Inside, the image above accompanied a brief write-up by Stacie Stukin about the University of Nebraska’s International Quilt Study Center and Museum. It houses “the world’s only graduate program in quilt studies and the world’s largest collection of quilts.” Wow! Unfortunately nothing was included to describe this chevron stripe quilt so I can’t offer anything about date, origin or artist — except to say that it’s incredibly striking and timeless. Click here for the Museum’s website — maybe you’ll have better luck than me finding the image in their database.

Update: Thanks Megg for your comment and for finding the quilt on the site!
Zig Zag Result #: 1906
Quiltmaker: Maker unknown
Geographical Origin: Possibly made in Pennsylvania, United States
Date: Circa 1880-1900

Ptolemy Mann –

Mar 13, 2008 | Leave a Comment



I’ve hit gold this evening with the amazing discovery of Ptolemy Mann’s website! Her textile work is a great example of really compelling fiber art — absolutely beautiful compositions that are stretched like canvas around wooden frames and hung. Check out all her featured designs and be completely inspired. Above top is a design from her 2005 portfolio. Above bottom is a stunning shot of her lounging beneath her work, as featured in Vogue magazine.

The Places In Between –

Mar 11, 2008 | 1 Comment



I finished a great novel this weekend: Emperor’s Children by Claire Messud. The weather was fantastic but I spent most of Saturday inside, powerless to resist the urge to keep reading “just a little bit longer”. Now that it’s over (both the book and the weekend, sadly) I’ve pulled another unread book off the shelf: The Places In Between by Rory Stewart, chronicling Stewart’s trek across Afghanistan in 2002. I’ve yet to read the first page but I’ll still use it as an excuse to highlight this beautiful Pashtun cushion cover featured on the website marlamallett. (The site is full of beautiful pieces for sale.) While this particular textile is attributed to the Swat Valley of Pakistan, Pashtun people are found in both Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The Textile Society Antique Textile Fair –

Mar 8, 2008 | Leave a Comment


Oh, I so wish I could magically transport myself to Manchester England this weekend! The Textile Society (the British one) is having their Antique Textile Fair this Sunday, March 9th. Here’s their description of what to expect: “Stand after stand heaped high with fabulous textiles and garments from all over the world. Racks of vintage and ethnic clothing, silks from the mysterious East, bundles of braids, loops of ribbons, boxes of buttons, silks and satins, embroideries and knitting, along with old household linens from France.” Absolute heaven! But instead I’ll just enjoy the image above of a “1920s African shield inspired furnishing fabric”. This from Meg Andrews, one of the textile dealers represented at the show. (I found the image on Hali Magazine’s website, where they discuss the 3/9 fair.)

Francis Price –

Mar 6, 2008 | 4 Comments


I’m not clear who Francis Price is exactly – although I feel like I just saw some recent published reference to him – but regardless, I came upon an interesting source of contemporary (yet vintage) textiles and carpets this evening at the UK website classic-modern. This Price textile is one of the featured items, although already marked as sold. To me it looks like a 1960’s interpretation of one of Turner’s Venetian sunsets. And back to an ongoing obsession over interesting color combinations: the deep fuschia and amber gold seen here is one for the permanent file.