Browsing articles from "January, 2009"

Rachel B. Hayes –

Jan 29, 2009 | Leave a Comment

This photo made my day when I first saw it on Rachel B. Hayes’ website a few weeks ago, and it’s having the same effect as I look at it again this evening. The press release for her upcoming show “Patient Persistence” at the Alfred C. Glassell Jr. Exhibition Gallery in Batan Rouge explains her art this way:

[Hayes] uses innocuous and readily available media such as fabric to create spectacular experiences of color and motion in an otherwise unappreciated setting. She has successfully turned narrow hallways, city walk ways and grassy hills into vital and vibrant art installations which cause the viewer to step back and reassess their familiarity with the environment.

The above work is from her 2004 “Skywalk” series.

Maria Likarz Strauss –

Jan 26, 2009 | Leave a Comment

I thought I’d start out the week with a look into the history books — what I found was this print by Maria Likarz Strauss (1893-1956), a prolific textile designer of the Wiener Werkstatte. It’s little swatches like this that express the vibrancy of previous eras and remind me that “modern design” is not a recent invention. For more on Strauss and the Vienna Secessionists click here (an out-dated but still relevant press release from The Textile Museum).

Also via lotusgreenfotos.

Rowland Ricketts –

Jan 22, 2009 | Leave a Comment

San Francisco’s annual Arts of Pacific Asia Show is coming up the first weekend in February. The three day event features eighty-seven Asian art and antiques dealers and will also host a special exhibit, “New Asian Textile Traditions”. Work by textile artist Roland Ricketts will be shown here — and by the looks of his website he’s reason enough to attend.

Obama’s Day, Our Day –

Jan 20, 2009 | Leave a Comment

And a lot of homespun Obama mania. (Via The New York Times.)

Peter Dunham –

Jan 18, 2009 | Leave a Comment

— Ikat eye candy from Peter Dunham. Click here for more from his collection and here for his bio. And, happy MLK weekend!

Tikoli –

Jan 14, 2009 | Leave a Comment

I discovered Maja Brogos’ Tikoli tea towel collection this evening after a madcap free-association search for something beautiful and new to post. I love her designs as well as her advocacy of everyday objects:

“Yes, they are just kitchen towels,” she says. ” but I’ve always found something profound in the mundane. That coffee mug or spoon at breakfast is a part of our life each day, a personal effect. From the standpoint of anthropology, the objects we surround ourselves with, the things that make us comfortable, say much more about who we are as a culture than what can be found in a museum. The Tikoli product line is really just about injecting a little bit of wonder and beauty into the everyday.”

Lost City, Update –

Jan 8, 2009 | 1 Comment

I often find great new things (new to me that is – ) in the product report / eye candy section at the start of design magazines — and this was definitely the case with the most recent Metropolitan Home, presenting a tantalizing little blurb on Lost City fabrics. Above is a detail shot of their Vienna fabric. Yum.

P.S. “Lost City” sounded vaguely familiar actually, so I just searched fibercopia and voila — I did a post on it back in November of  2007. At that time they didn’t have a website; now they do!

Seydou Keita –

Jan 6, 2009 | 2 Comments

I’ve been vaguely aware of the Malian photographer Seydou Keita (1921-2001) for awhile now — though his only actual presence in my life comes in the form of an unfulfilled Amazon wish list item, since the main book on him is selling for over $350. Today he popped up again in what looks like will be another missed encounter: his photography is included in the current Metropolitan Museum exhibition The Essential Art of African Textiles: Design Without End, showing until April 5th. I don’t think I’m going to be in NYC before then, but if you are — try to make it to this exhibit! It looks wonderful.

Original Good –

Jan 4, 2009 | Leave a Comment

After a month-long pause I’m returning to normal routines, and to fibercopia. There’s always something awkward about the very beginning of a year — in the continuum of time nothing has really changed, and yet there’s the expectation of something new, a hopeful look forward at what is still the blank screen of the 12 months ahead. So rather than just say “Happy New Year”, I’ll make a longer wish instead: may the New Year – from start to finish – be one of individual and collective prosperity, not only financially, but also socially, spiritually, and emotionally.

Above, Original Good’s fair-trade “Pout Free Coin Purse”, made in Vietnam.