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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…

New House Textiles –

Mar 21, 2009 | Leave a Comment

I’m generally not a huge fan of “retro Scandinavian chic” (as New House dubs it) but the company has opened my heart to the category just a little with their Homewares Collection, featuring simple designs like Herring (above) as well as Sweet Heart and Red Fox.

FilzFelt –

Mar 7, 2009 | Leave a Comment

From “Fashioning Felt” ten days ago to to FilzFelt today, I’m making up for a previous dearth of felt related posts. And really, there’s something very appropriate – even comforting – about felt (or at least the idea of it) in these recessionary times. As honest a fiber as you’ll find. And with FilzFelt, you can get it in great colors. For those of us who may be confused about what felt actually is, check out FilzFelt’s excellent about felt page.

Obama’s Day, Our Day –

Jan 20, 2009 | Leave a Comment

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

From “Dirge Without Music” –

Nov 30, 2008 | Leave a Comment

The answers quick & keen, the honest look, the laughter, the love,

They are gone. They have gone to feed the roses. Elegant and curled

Is the blossom. Fragrant is the blossom. I know. But I do not approve.

More precious was the light in your eyes than all the roses in the world.

~ Edna St. Vincent Millay

This blog is closed until the New Year.

Textiles For These Times –

Sep 30, 2008 | 1 Comment

I was thinking yesterday – as I pinned on my new Obama button – that there really should be some textile keepsakes for this election. Yes, there are lots of t-shirts, sweatshirts, etc. But what about more domestic paraphernalia – handkerchiefs, dishtowels, cushion covers, etc? Yes it’s kind of retro, and yes it’s true none of those items would really be seen out in public where one’s political leanings can be promoted. But all that aside, textiles are such a wonderful medium for commemoration — not only for campaigns, but for all manner of historical moments, movements, etc. I posted on this general topic awhile ago – here – as well as here. The scarf above is posted on the Art Tattler website and was designed by Picasso for the World Festival of Youth and Students for Peace, Berlin 1951. Looking around, I think we’re overdue for another festival!

Grain Sack Chic –

Sep 16, 2008 | 2 Comments

The 9/7/08 issue of The New York Times (“Sunday Styles” section) had a brief feature on eco-friendly gifting and included pillow covers made from used grain sacks, sold at the Melange Collection. I can’t get too excited about snuggling up to a grain sack pillow, but I enthusiastically endorse the grain sack grocery bags filtering into the marketplace, both at Melange Collection and through Reusable Bags. Since the beginning of the year I’ve steadily weaned myself from “paper or plastic?” at the grocery store and my eco-frendly conscience always feels good when I offer my own bag. Above and to the left is the tote-sized one I purchased in quadruplicate at Reusable Bags (a bit pricey but worth it, and the size almost perfectly duplicates the capacity of a normal paper grocery bag). To the right is one from Melange Collection.

Selvedge –

Jul 8, 2008 | 3 Comments

The textile gods and goddesses must be smiling upon me as I’ve just been given a virtual year-long subscription to the oh-so coveted magazine Selvedge — a publication that is luscious in every important respect: content, art design, photography. At $20 an issue I’ve only purchased one, keeping a subscription on my long, textile related wish list. (For my exploratory purposes, I found the ads in the single issue I do own to be as useful for reference and research material as the actual editorial content of the magazine — as everyone listed has a website to check out.) Now that I have virtual access to current as well as select past issues I find myself in seventh heaven, and feel only glee in searching the magazine for leads on all kinds of wondrous designers, companies, etc. Case in point: Anokhi, a company that’s featured in their current issue (#24). The photography accompanying Selvedge’s article far outdoes what’s on the companies own website. Regardless, check out the site for more about this worker-friendly, Jaipur based company.

I think this will be Selvedge week here at Fibercopia (or Selvedge month?) as I’ll be exploring back issues and surely finding more great companies to post about.

Island Fibers –

Jun 26, 2008 | Leave a Comment

I’ve just returned from a long weekend on Lopez Island in Washington State. It’s beautiful anytime of year, but especially now when the wild roses are blooming and the days are long – and even sometimes sunny! Chimera, the gallery that functions as a collective for the island’s many artists and craftspeople had some beautiful rugs on display by a company called Island Fibers (self-proclaimed participants in the “Slow Fiber” movement). Really lovely soft wool in rich colors. From a big-city perspective the prices are also quite reasonable — and I imagine they would gladly do custom work.

Blogger’s Block –

Jun 14, 2008 | 1 Comment

It’s been almost two weeks since my last post and in that period I’ve been at a loss to come across anything new and inspirational in the land of textiles. Seems strange — but true. When I started this blog I made a promise to myself to not just blog for the sake of blogging. I want this site to be truly a portfolio of things that interest and excite me. So, I’ve hit a dry spell. I do hope to come across some wonderful textile soon. I’m definitely keeping my eyes out.

The image above is from Michel Pastoureau’s book “Blue, The History of a Color”. The image caption reads, ” cloth dyed with indigo being wrung and exposed to the air in an indigo workshop in Peru. Watercolor, 17th century. Palacio Real, Madrid.”