Warp & Weft –

Jul 3, 2008 | Leave a Comment

Now that’s a sexy, masculine carpet if ever there was one. It should be in a room with tall bookshelves, high windows dressed in crepe wool drapery, and square leather furniture accessorized with a single mustard yellow pillow. – At least that’s my vision! Designed by Warp & Weft.

Casamance –

Jun 30, 2008 | Leave a Comment

About ten days ago I was introduced to Casamance, a French fabric company with lots of great prints. I’m particularly in love with this plaid, called “Neapolis”. The color combinations, scale and layering of the grid make it really hip somehow. (So many plaids are either too simplistic, too small, or too country-kitchen; this avoids all such pitfalls.)

Island Fibers –

Jun 26, 2008 | Leave a Comment

I’ve just returned from a long weekend on Lopez Island in Washington State. It’s beautiful anytime of year, but especially now when the wild roses are blooming and the days are long – and even sometimes sunny! Chimera, the gallery that functions as a collective for the island’s many artists and craftspeople had some beautiful rugs on display by a company called Island Fibers (self-proclaimed participants in the “Slow Fiber” movement). Really lovely soft wool in rich colors. From a big-city perspective the prices are also quite reasonable — and I imagine they would gladly do custom work.

Textiles in the News –

Jun 17, 2008 | Leave a Comment

This photograph in the 6/15/08 edition of the New York Times magazine struck me immediately with its strong textile content. (Accompanying article is “The Man for A New Sedan”; photo caption reads “A camp for members of the Dinka tribe outside the town of Abyei, Sudan”; photographer is J. Carrier.) The seamlessness of the colors between the woman, the background (partially cropped here) and the fabric makes it look almost staged (not that it was – ) but more than that I’m curious about the fabric itself. It doesn’t look “traditionally” African to me (an extremely broad category of course) and looks like it’s been produced for sale by the yard. Who designs fabrics like this and how do they end up in African markets? Are they made in China and then imported, or are they made on the continent? I’d love to trace a fabric like this from design conception to its final customer…

On a different note, the pattern and coloration make me think of paintings by Cezanne — particularly some of his depictions of faraway landscapes and fields. I didn’t find what I had in mind online but did see this painting by the artist (also cropped) on the Metropolitan Museum website. The nearly identical color palette makes for an interesting visual comparison, not to mention the juxtaposition between the implied material poverty of the woman and the bounty of Cezanne’s still life.

Blogger’s Block –

Jun 14, 2008 | 1 Comment

It’s been almost two weeks since my last post and in that period I’ve been at a loss to come across anything new and inspirational in the land of textiles. Seems strange — but true. When I started this blog I made a promise to myself to not just blog for the sake of blogging. I want this site to be truly a portfolio of things that interest and excite me. So, I’ve hit a dry spell. I do hope to come across some wonderful textile soon. I’m definitely keeping my eyes out.

The image above is from Michel Pastoureau’s book “Blue, The History of a Color”. The image caption reads, ” cloth dyed with indigo being wrung and exposed to the air in an indigo workshop in Peru. Watercolor, 17th century. Palacio Real, Madrid.”

One World Textiles –

Jun 1, 2008 | Leave a Comment

Rather shocking I haven’t come upon this website any sooner…

O’Hare & D’Jafer –

May 29, 2008 | Leave a Comment

The latest issue of Interiors magazine highlights carpets by O’Hare & D’Jafer, one of which is their edgy “Melt” carpet above — a great design for a sleek contemporary project and totally over-the-top in a more traditional one.

Jean Monro –

May 22, 2008 | Leave a Comment

The company Jean Monro is a textile manufacturer with a focus on traditional English prints — lots and lots of flowers. They’re represented in the US through Clarence House (who in turn has individual representation in fabric showrooms throughout the country). The above “Geisha” pattern (I love that acid mint color) makes me wonder about the relationship between “the West” today and China — and how this relationship relates (or doesn’t) to periods of chinoiserie obsession in Europe, beginning in the 17th century. While art and decoration under this category expresses a European idealization of China, and the cultural fascination can be seen as a compliment of sorts, it’s not really about “becoming” Chinese in any true sense. Today I don’t think there are many examples of a broad Western interest in a Chinese aesthetic — but now China is seen as obsessed with Westernization. My thought process is clunky here but I guess what I’m getting at is a question: how does today’s artistic relationship between Europe and China relate (or diverge) from that of previous eras, what has been lost, replaced, or transformed in both region’s artistic view of the other?

Grethe Sorenson –

May 17, 2008 | Leave a Comment

A comment from Scott (artfoundout.blogspot.com) led me to this tapestry work by Grethe Sorenson (born 1947, Denmark) as displayed on the very useful website browngrotta, a site dedicated to “art textiles and fiber sculpture”. The site has a super long list of represented artists to browse, a resource page for textile-related books, etc. Among the works shown this one by Sorenson is my favorite. (Thanks Scott!)

Minimalist Batik –

May 15, 2008 | Leave a Comment

I just stumbled upon the website for Fiber Scene, a gallery and “artist resource” right here in San Francisco. (Never knew!) Their gallery page is currently highlighting a show now in Berlin, “Taktha, Contemporary Batik in Europe”, part of that city’s yearly fiber art fair. So, long story short, the fiber artist Peter Wenger is represented in the show and above is his work, “The Valley” (2000). It’s wonderfully minimalist!