Browsing articles in "Textile Books"

Textiles: The Art of Mankind –

Dec 19, 2012 | Leave a Comment

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I’m breaking away for a ten day holiday recess (and a vacation from all things digital) — but first, here’s a beautiful new textile book from Thames & Hudson. (Find it on Amazon here.)  For textile enthusiasts this publication presents an excellent opportunity to explore the joys of self-gifting. I’ll be back with new posts on or before the New Year, in the meantime — Happy Holidays!

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A Fish is a Fish is a Fish –

Apr 19, 2012 | Leave a Comment

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The new book Artists’ Textiles 1940-1976 comes out next month — and with 304 pages and 200 color images it looks like a must-have. The fabric pictured above is among the publisher’s preview highlights; in a play on Gertrude Stein it’s called “A Fish is a Fish is a Fish”.

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A Book By Its Cover –

Jan 24, 2012 | Leave a Comment

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New from Black Dog Publishing and available at a steep 40% discount via Fibercopia is this beautiful book on the history of tapestry. From the publisher:

Tapestry: A Woven Narrative is a review of the history of traditional tapestry, discussing the progression from early designs to tapestry production today. Looking back into the medium’s key European developments, the book reveals the early uses of tapestries as decorative wall hangings and church decorations, as well as the Biblical, classical, hierarchical, socio-cultural themes running through early designs and displays.

To take advantage of the discount email and include “Fibercopia / Tapestry Book Sale” in the subject line. Enjoy!

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Abraham Ltd. –

Oct 23, 2011 | Leave a Comment

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Though a bit further into the fashion world than I usually venture, I still am excited to be learning about Abraham fabrics for the first time. Last winter the company was celebrated in a comprehensive exhibition at the Swiss National Museum and in April a two-volume book on the company’s history and extensive archives was published. The site Little Augury is a great place to learn more.

A close-up of one of the company’s countless swatch books is pictured above, via Couleur Blind.

Clarence House & Kazumi Yoshida –

Sep 27, 2011 | Leave a Comment

Clarence House is unique for mixing its old world / old school stature with a persistent infusion of off beat, and sometimes off-the-wall designs. Kazumi Yoshida, the company’s intrepid design director, is often responsible for their quirkiest patterns and it’s his unique take on color, fabric and design that’s sure to make this new book (with a release date of 10/11) especially interesting.

A New Book for Textile Lovers –

Aug 1, 2011 | Leave a Comment

From Thames & Hudson:

Colour Moves focuses not only on abstract painter and colourist Sonia Delaunay’s art but also her avant-garde fashion designs from her own Atelier Simultané in Paris during the 1920s as well as textiles she designed for the Metz & Co Department store in Amsterdam in the 1930s.

Available for purchase here.

Hand/Eye, World Textiles –

Jul 13, 2011 | Leave a Comment

Hand/Eye Magazine’s Summer issue, dedicated to World Textiles, is now available online and in print. Filled with beautiful photography, the issue includes articles on textiles from India, Japan, Madagascar, Mexico and beyond.  I hope it’s enjoyed by many.

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.

Ascher Scarves –

Jun 22, 2011 | Leave a Comment

Existing at a clearly demarcated crossroads between textile design and fashion, decorative scarves distill so much of what is interesting and alluring about the combination of fabric, pattern and color. The new book Scarves from Thames & Hudson (highlighted in the July issue of The World Of Interiors) is dedicated to their history. And, following one keyword to another, the World’s book announcement led me to this very interesting article by Artes Magazine on Ascher scarves. The scarf pictured above features a design by Francoise Gilot, produced by Ascher circa 1947.

Vera Neumann –

Apr 11, 2011 | Leave a Comment

Vera Neumann (1907 – 1993) was an artist and textile designer most famous for her scarves, each marked by her name — and a ladybug. Now almost twenty years after her death Vera items populate the web from Etsy to Ebay. There’s also a biographyVera: The Art and Life of an Icon.

Image via Dooce.