Browsing articles in "American Textiles"

Kenneth Noland –

Jun 29, 2011 | Leave a Comment

I’m a bit late to the party on this one but am nonetheless interested to learn that renowned contemporary painter Kenneth Noland (1924-2010) collaborated with Navajo weavers to create a series of his graphic and colorful works as tapestries. The Textile Museum featured some of these pieces in an exhibition last year and they are also featured in the book Gloria F. Ross & Modern Tapestry. Above, Arizona Sky designed by Noland and woven by Mary Lee Begay.

Nancy Crow –

Jan 31, 2011 | Leave a Comment


With retreats, tours and exhibitions Nancy Crow is clearly a powerhouse of creative energy, and enterprise. Read her inspiring artist’s statement here.

Stella Rubin –

Jan 24, 2011 | Leave a Comment

A small photo caption in The New York Times today led me here, to Stella Rubin’s online collection of 19th and 20th century quilts. If I was a textile designer I’d be trolling quilt sites like this for ideas and inspiration — there’s so much strong visual material to consume and reference. I love the vaguely Art Deco feel of the quilt above, never mind that it’s actually Pennsylvania Mennonite, circa 1900.

Happy Holidays, Part I –

Dec 24, 2010 | 1 Comment

After the hub bub, the quiet ensues.  Have a wonderfully peaceful weekend! To celebrate, here’s a seasonally appropriate 19th century American quilt from Woodward & Greenstein.

Mamaka Mills –

Dec 1, 2010 | Leave a Comment

Through her company Mamaka Mills, Alix Joyal creates quilts of her own inspiration — or yours.  So, if  “making a quilt” is lingering hopelessly on your lifelong to-do list, or if your cherished fabric scraps are beginning to molder, give her a call.

Flying Geese –

Aug 30, 2010 | Leave a Comment

A quilt like this (made in the US between 1870-1880) adds to my ongoing appreciation of the 19th century, a time when many pieces we’d now view as “abstract” and “contemporary” were being created, despite art historical time lines to the contrary.

Mark Adams –

Jun 11, 2010 | Leave a Comment

Here’s another fascinating historic shot offered by Modern Magazine (previously posted about here). Reprinted in their third issue, the image originally appeared in the catalog for the 1965 exhibition “California Design 9”, one of a series of annual shows that began in 1954. The vibrant winged tapestry is by Mark Adams (1925-2006).

Navajo Rugs & Blankets –

Feb 3, 2010 | Leave a Comment

Here’s a great reference (loaded with lots of inspirational color and pattern) for a wide range of Navajo rug and blanket styles.

Above, a “Navajo Germantown Pictorial Moki Blanket” (97″ x 78″) from the 1880’s. Listed at $28,000.

Stanley Bulbach –

Jul 20, 2009 | Leave a Comment

About a month ago there was a lot of media attention (articles in The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine, an interview on The Colbert Show, etc.) about a new book by Mathew Crawford called Shop Class As Soul Craft. I haven’t read the book but what I’ve gleaned of Crawford’s argument appeals to me:  it’s that hand-work (in his case motorcycle repair)  should be recognized as genuinely useful and intellectually challenging work and not “less than” the work happening in office buildings.  Coinciding with economic hard times I imagine it’s a heartening – and even liberating – thesis to many re-evaluating the trajectory of their worklife. Others, like Manhattan based carpet weaver Stanley Bulbach already seem quite comfortable living and working as intellectual craftsmen, and in Bulbach’s case vigorously so. His website features his own handwoven carpets, links to numerous articles he’s written about fiber arts, and extensive reviews of books covering a wide range of art-related topics. Regardless of their individual philosophies, both Crawford and Bulbach embody an idea everyone should be able to get behind, office buildings or not: whatever you do, do it passionately!

Above, a detail of Bulbach’s prayer carpet titled “Sumac Auspices”.

Otomi Color –

Jun 11, 2009 | Leave a Comment

Jacaranda sells a wonderfully graphic and colorful assortment of fabric created by Otomi Indians in Mexico. Matisse must have been channeling a bit of this when he began his paper cut-outs.

Via Katy Elliott.

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