Galbraith & Paul –

Feb 7, 2008 | Leave a Comment

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With its tangy spring colors and lyrical pattern Galbraith & Paul’s brand new “Birds” print on linen is definitely post-worthy! Plus it gives me an excuse to briefly highlight a company I’ve admired for a long time. Perhaps most importantly, G&P are producers of contemporary craft actually made in the USA (unlike so many fabric lines contracted out to anonymous mills overseas). And since every fabric is hand block printed, their fabrics actually look and feel handmade. So with G&P you’re buying beautiful designs and also buying into small-scale, eco-friendly American industry.

Victoria Hagan Home –

Feb 4, 2008 | Leave a Comment

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Not much to say for this post — just a lovely new fabric from Victoria Hagan Home. The brown flower petals make it a bit “off” in an interesting way, taking the pattern from being pretty to pretty and interesting. It has a kind of Arts and Crafts feel to it too. I can imagine it in a craftsman bungalow, or in some happily worn down house filled with hand thrown pots.

Christopher Farr –

Feb 1, 2008 | Leave a Comment

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I took a look at Christopher Farr’s most recent catalog this afternoon and was re-inspired by the range, and overall cool-ness, of this carpet company. I especially admire their commitment to represent – in carpet form – artists rooted in other mediums. It’s a tricky thing but I think they successfully elevate the world of contemporary carpets without (overly) commercializing artists who would otherwise be bound to one-of-a-kind works. The carpet above is a limited edition by the artist Gillian Ayres. At 8′ diameter it’s quite an alluring statement. (An interesting side note: they also have a Timorous Beasties carpet in the same “Thistle” design featured on my 1/15/08 post.)

Tammis Keefe –

Jan 30, 2008 | 3 Comments

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Here’s another textile designer discovery for my files: Tammis Keefe. From what I’ve seen on-line, she produced a plethora of thematic (and quite whimsical) textile designs during the 1950’s, illustrating such subjects as: dragonflies, cats, santas, acrobats, lion trainers, chairs, bottle collections, etc.! While I didn’t know her name before this week, her patterns seem intimately familiar. I don’t know if this is a function of the direct scope of her own work or whether a slew of copy-cats were inspired by her designs. There seem to be a sizable array of Tammis Keefe hankies available for purchase, both on Ebay and at Ruby Lane. She also produced patterns for scarves and tea towels.

Zandra Rhodes –

Jan 25, 2008 | Leave a Comment

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As an interiors person I don’t pay much attention to fabrics in the context of women’s fashion but this photo of clothing designer Zandra Rhodes is pretty irresistible! Such unabashed enjoyment of lavish color and pattern! Click here for the 8/16/07 New York Times article from which it came.

Wearing Propaganda –

Jan 24, 2008 | 1 Comment

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The subject of my previous post reminded me of literature I received in the mail last Fall for a Bard Graduate Center exhibition titled, Wearing Propaganda: Textiles on the Home Front in Japan, Britain and the United States 1931-1945. I didn’t make it to the show but the catalog is available for purchase on Amazon. The kimono above is featured on the book’s cover and is referenced within the mailing I received as “Woman’s haori, ‘The Thrill of Flight.’ Japan, late 1920’s-early 1930’s. Collection of Minoru Akemi and Atsushi Narita.”

Si Je Savais –

Jan 23, 2008 | 3 Comments

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I spent the three day weekend several hours north visiting friends in the beautiful coastal redwoods area north of Eureka California. My friend and host collected this fabric in her travels to Sierra Leone a few years ago and it now serves as kitchen curtains. All my own French lessons have escaped me but I’m told “Si Je Savais” means something like “had I only known”. The other phrase, “Se My Siso” is a mystery but is probably from a local dialect. It’s clearly a contemporary fabric (she bought it by the yard in a market) so I wonder if it’s possibly an example of anti HIV/Aids propaganda? Maybe the woman is grieving new knowledge of her own status? In graphic terms I love that the design of her skirt is also the design of the background cloth surrounding each medallion. Mostly though I’m intrigued by what the text of the fabric actually means and who it’s intended for. If it is about HIV did the manufacturers expect the cloth to be purchased and used decoratively?

Timorous Beasties –

Jan 15, 2008 | Leave a Comment

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A nice comment from the writer of deuxfrontieres (an American living in Paris) appeared posted to my “about” page this morning — a good way to start a hectic week and a reminder that I’ve been lax in posting an email address for fibercopia. So, here it is: fibercopia@gmail.com! (Also now included on my About page.) Exploring deuxfrontieres leads to some great sites, one of which is Timorous Beasties. In reading the biography of their company and partnership I feel I’m discovering the source of what’s since exploded into many derivatives of the edgy damask, the reinvented toile, etc. But I really appreciate their marriage of old and new and their social/political approach to design. Above, their black lace “Thistle”. It’s beautiful but also a little bit Goth — and could definitely add a lot of drama to a room.

Sonia Delaunay –

Jan 12, 2008 | Leave a Comment

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I’m still trying to get all the important early 20th century textile designers added and arranged correctly in my head, so here’s a new one for my visual / mental database: Sonia Delaunay. Born in 1885, she was an abstract painter, textile and set designer who moved within an elite circle of artists that included her husband Robert Delaunay, Kandinsky, Mondrian, etc. Click here for a brief biography.

Larusi –

Jan 10, 2008 | Leave a Comment

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Some beautiful Moroccan flat weave carpets from Larusi, also cited in the latest issue of The World Of Interiors. I love the simple elegance of these floor coverings.