Browsing articles from "April, 2009"

Fabric of Life –

Apr 28, 2009 | Leave a Comment

Continuing in the vein of my previous post, the website Fabric Of Life has some wonderful Indian, Asian, and South American textiles for sale — including some bright and whimsical pieces for young children. The image above is a close-up of a hand embroidered Indian panel they date to the 1960’s.

Color & Light –

Apr 23, 2009 | 2 Comments


Color & Light, an exhibition on South Asian embroidery at the Rubin Museum of Art is up until May 11th and is really worthwhile if you’re in NYC. The show is full of beautiful pieces designed for domestic / personal use (clothing, floor cloths, coverings for linens and bedding, etc.) as well as more ceremonial items, many intended for use in wedding processions or prescribed for a woman’s dowry. The countless hours needed to produce such works — many of which have an almost mind boggling level of detail and intricacy — stand in strong contrast to the fast paced / instant gratification society so many of us live in today.

P.S. Thank you LeeAnn for encouraging me to check this out!

Pierre Bonnard: The Late Interiors –

Apr 18, 2009 | Leave a Comment

I feel as though I’m breaking my own rules just a little with this post, but one of the highlights of my NY visit came yesterday with a visit to the Metropolitan Museum exhibition Pierre Bonnard: The Late Interiors. He’s been one of my favorite artists since seeing a MOMA show of his work back in 1998 and the current Met show (tomorrow is the last day) definitely deepened my affection.

So, how am I justifying a post on painting? It’s all the textiles seen in his compositions — the table cloths, shawls and carpets…

Orley Shabahang –

Apr 16, 2009 | 2 Comments

I’m in NYC for a few days and serendipitously (a received a press pass last night for the annual SOFA show from a friend and b) ran unexpectedly into the show this afternoon while en route from one place to another. Happy coincidences aside, I now have several new textile-related brochures and websites to explore, Orley Shabahang among them!

Helen Marden –

Apr 12, 2009 | 1 Comment

— A cropped / close-up image of The World Of Interiors cover for April ’09: the upstate New York home of artists Brice and Helen Marden. She’s the textile collector and almost every photo of their renovated 19th century villa proves the point with saturated, texture-filled carpets laid side by side on the floor, or draped over a sofa or a settee, or…Anyway, it’s pretty spectacular.

Itchiku Kubota –

Apr 8, 2009 | Leave a Comment

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I came across this article today announcing a current exhibition of Itchiku Kubota’s kimonos at the Canton Museum of Art (Canton Ohio), the second of two stops in a U.S. tour of his work. Kubota’s name is new to me, as well as his “yuzen” technique for textile painting. Click here for more images of his work and here for Wikipedia’s entry on him.

Above, a detail of a Kubota kimono.

Rug Rag –

Apr 6, 2009 | Leave a Comment

For a one-stop tutorial on traditional rug styles of all kinds, and for lots of other advice about purchasing and caring for carpets, Rug Rag is well worthy of a textile enthusiasts internet bookmark! (Plus, from what I can tell the two brothers who started the site are really nice.) Their Most Watched eBay Rugs section is an interesting thing to keep tabs on, and they also have fun trivia and tidbits — like their current In The News post highlighting the carpet the Obamas and the Queen stood on last week.

The image above is a detail of one of the carpets currently on eBay, highlighted by RugRag.