Francis Price –

Mar 6, 2008 | 4 Comments

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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.

Nimbus and Heart –

Mar 3, 2008 | Leave a Comment

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I watched the two most recent episodes of Project Runway last night and was excited to see the The Metropolitan Museum’s Greek and Roman galleries as one source of inspiration offered up for their last challenge. So tonight I did a bit of exploring of my own — winding up in Egypt, not Rome or Greece, with this image of a fifth century Egyptian-Coptic textile depicting a man with “nimbus and heart”. The nimbus being the golden halo around his head and the heart — is this the red shape floating outside his body? I love the coloration overall — the red, the dark indigo blue, and the shades of purple and green on his shirt.

Blue Leaves, Organized Flowers –

Mar 1, 2008 | Leave a Comment

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I’ve been ruminating over the textile in my last post — looking around the web for similar designs and wondering about a possible early twentieth century (and especially Arts & Crafts) proclivity for “organized nature”. At least that’s the phrase that pops to mind when looking at the methodical grid of La Maitrise. Well, long story short, I don’t know if there really was such a trend, at least I haven’t found any strong visual evidence in the last few days. (Maybe there are whole books on the subject that I’m simply unaware of.) I did come across this 1906 textile design by Josef Hoffman, however, and the blue leaves and stylized flowers are similar in feeling — although much more elegant.

La Maitrise –

Feb 28, 2008 | Leave a Comment

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Continuing on the theme of my last entry, here’s a floral print on the other end of the economic spectrum from a site I like to check in on every few months, Kathleen Taylor’s The Lotus Collection. Here’s their description of this cloth: “Early 20th century printed cotton ‘La Maitrise’ with large white rose heads outlined in bright fuscia on burnt orange squares and blue leaves all on a yellow ground. This panel represents the “master” print of this design.” 37″ x 32 1/2″ wide. $2250.

Sofia at Contemporary Cloth –

Feb 26, 2008 | Leave a Comment

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Here’s a great pattern named “Sofia” from the website contemporary cloth. Only $16.50 a yard! And three colorways to choose from — the two here plus a sweet pink and green. The black and white could be very urban / chic while the orange and yellow begs to be joined up with some ’70s avocado green.

Fornasetti Rug Collection –

Feb 23, 2008 | Leave a Comment
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I saw this carpet while leafing through this month’s Elle Decor magazine this afternoon. It’s produced by Roubini Rugs and is a Piero Fornasetti design. Roubini has just debuted a whole line of Fornasetti rugs, including some featuring his well known lips, eyes and faces imagery. I do love this snake though — very anti-domestic to have a potentially poisonous snake moving across your floor!

Textiles in the News –

Feb 21, 2008 | 1 Comment

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The above image by Jason Reed of Reuters showing President Bush meeting tribal leaders in Ghana on Wednesday is a perfect addition to my occasional look at “textiles in the news”. I pulled out Josh Gillow’s African Textiles book this evening to see what it is the man and woman closest to Bush are wearing. From this I can be fairly certain it’s an Ewe adanudo cloth. Both the Ewe and Ashanti peoples are located in Ghana and their textiles, the adanudo and kente respectively, are quite similar. Gillow describes the adanudo as having “weft float motifs” and the kente as a “strip woven” cloth. I found the image of an adanudo (below top) on the Hamill Gallery website.

Tribal & Textile Arts Show, Part III (of 3) –

Feb 20, 2008 | Leave a Comment

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I’ve just returned from sunny Seattle to rainy San Francisco (fancy that!) and would like to dedicate one more post to the wares seen at the show here ten days ago. Above is one of the contemporary batiks sold through Indo Arts, Inc. here in the Bay Area. I’ve met the owner once before and he’s extremely personable. He used to have a storefront in San Francisco but is now exclusively north of the Golden Gate bridge. Regarding overall price range, he said I could get something starting at $40 — and could purchase a “really good piece” for $300 or so. (Is this where my anticipated tax refund is destined?) In addition, His website shows a sampling of the many finer, and considerably more expensive, antique batiks he carries. I have a lot more to learn about the craft but one thing I really like about the batiks I saw at his booth was purely tactile: the cotton is very flat – somewhat thin – but also very dense, not at all flimsy. I don’t think I’m imagining it when I remember them as a bit cool to the touch, similar to the feeling of chintz.

Tribal & Textile Arts Show, Part II –

Feb 14, 2008 | 2 Comments

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Here’s more eye candy from galleries represented at last weekend’s show. I found this image of a 19th century “Shakrisabyz Embroidery” on the Mehmet Cetinkaya Gallery’s website. (Gallery is located in Istanbul.) Below top is a close-up of the textile — I especially like the golden yellow ground color and the flowering branches floating around the central medallion.

2/15 Update: I’m traveling out of town, and away from my computer, until Tuesday of next week — I look forward to adding some good new posts starting again on 2/19 or 2/20!  

Tribal & Textile Arts Show, Part I –

Feb 11, 2008 | Leave a Comment

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San Francisco’s annual Tribal & Textile Arts Show was held this weekend. As in previous years it offered a visual feast of wildly different textiles (and other objects of all kinds). This evening I’ve been perusing the websites of the stalls represented and will be exploring them further in the next few days. For now, here’s one striking textile shown on Gail Martin Gallery’s website. It’s described as a “Section from a Ceremonial Dance Skirt” from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kuba People, 20th century. It’s made of resist dyed raffia and is 22″ x 29″.