Browsing articles in "American Textiles"

Herbert Bayer –

Sep 2, 2012 | Leave a Comment

bauhaus textile, bauhaus carpet, 60s carpet

Bauhaus student and disciple Herbert Bayer (1900-1985) designed this 1967 tufted wool wall hanging (called Chromatic Circles, shown cropped above) as part of a series commissioned by ARCO for their Los Angeles offices.  Like a complicated Venn diagram the piece conjures unexpected intersections between Bauhaus principles, the emergence of pop art decades later, the role of art in corporate imaging — and of course, textile design. It’s currently for sale at Cora Ginsburg.

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Sarah Nishiura –

Jul 26, 2012 | Leave a Comment

contemporary quilt, pink and gray quilt, lattice quilt

Sarah Nishiura is a Chicago based artist and expert quilt maker with a keen sense of color, composition and detail — as proven by the beautifully crafted quilts featured on her website. You can learn more about Sarah’s design ethic here in a profile by Studio KotoKoto.

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Laura Fisher Quilts –

Jun 28, 2012 | 1 Comment

vintage quilts, american quilts, target quilt

Laura Fisher is an expert on antique American quilts with an encyclopedic collection of 18th-19th century quilts, textiles and rugs available for sale on her website. The “target” quilt pictured above is one of several gems that still look vibrantly contemporary despite their age. Laura describes the work as a “monumental exercise of piecing and color placement”.

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Peter Max –

Jun 26, 2012 | Leave a Comment

peter max fabric, 60's fabric, pop fabric

With just the smallest bit of investigation this 32″ x 42″ piece of fabric ephemera on sale at Ro Gallery for $1450 opens up a world of 60’s – 70’s era pop culture history. One might immediately assume (as I did) that Peter Max – the artist behind the print – also created the artwork for Yellow Submarine.  Max was a huge influence on counter culture graphic design of the era but it was Heinz Edelmann who provided art direction for the famous Beatles inspired cartoon, not Max. According to Wikipedia, Edelmann and Milton Glaser – who I coincidentally did a post on last week – were the original pioneers “of the psychedelic style for which Max would later become famous.”

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Counterpane –

Jun 21, 2012 | Leave a Comment

designer quilt, couture quilt

As described by the Los Angeles Times, Pauline Boyd’s Counterpane quilts “stand out not only for their surprising mix of materials — remnants of Moroccan silk tunics and African wax prints, Balinese sarongs and Mexican embroidered cotton dresses — but also for their unconventional, freehand style.”  100% agreed.

Via L.A. At Home.


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Alabama Chanin –

May 29, 2012 | Leave a Comment

alabama quilts, american made fashion
Alabama Chanin is an inspiring example of a small scale American business whose success is built on principles of craft, sustainability and community. Visit the journal section of their website for a great behind-the-scenes look at the creative workings and ethos of the company.

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Angela Adams –

May 15, 2012 | Leave a Comment

nature carpet, sea inspired carpet

Described as a “landscape of tidal pools and coastal waters”, the Angela Adams “Haven” carpet (pictured above) is a perfect example of the company’s love for nature-inspired pattern. For a full visual feast download their beautifully styled print catalog available here.


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Medicine Man –

Feb 9, 2012 | Leave a Comment

navajo blanket, native american blanket

The website for Mark Sublette’s Medicine Man Gallery offers an amazing visual overview of Native American textiles and provides a glimpse at the steep prices attached to this highly collectible market. Many of the graphically bold works, like the 19th century Navajo blanket (partially) pictured above, are ripe for contemporary inspiration and application.

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Union Made –

Dec 21, 2011 | Leave a Comment

Union Made is a good representation of a style trend (movement?) out in force in certain quarters of San Francisco right now. There must already be a name for it but I’d describe it as an aestheticization of the rustic and the rugged — the masculine counterpart to so many of the more feminine “vintage” trends of late. Of course the irony is that the look is mostly cultivated by city dwellers with money, but that’s another story. Above, an indigo dip dyed bandana — one of several textile-related goods for sale on their website.