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Jack Lenor Larsen –

Nov 27, 2007 | 1 Comment

I came upon a good (if short) article about Jack Lenor Larsen (of Larsen Fabrics) today on the New York Magazine website. I’m familiar with the Larsen brand but fabrics are always more meaningful when there’s a personal story behind them — and his is quite epic! I also really like the images (above) that are included with the article: the textile hanging behind Mr. Larsen is beautiful, but not described (is it some kind of bark cloth?). And his apartment looks like an oasis of calm. Below is one of his batiks, “Water Lilies” from 1964.

Picasso Fabric –

Nov 21, 2007 | Leave a Comment

I’m inspired by the graphic quality and stylistic whimsy of the above headboard fabric, featured in Elle Decor’s November 2007 issue article “Two For the Road” about Steven Volpe and Roth Martin’s Paris apartment (pg. 196). The fabric is described as a vintage with Picasso designs. Bergamo has large scale horse pattern that’s a bit like this – don’t have an image handy – but other than that I haven’t seen anything similar in the showrooms. Searching “Picasso” and “fabric” on-line I found the above really cool image from a lot sold at auction through Treadway Toomey Galleries back in September 06. And looking on EBay there’s a very curious thing available at the moment – final photo – of yardage purchased at Cafe Picasso (not sure what this is) in Coconut Grove Miami two decades ago. It’s hard to tell here but the fabric actually has little grid lines dividing up the faces into squares that are approximately 17″. The seller is selling each square individually for $15. Would make great pillows. (Search picasso and fabric and you should find it.)

Rose Cumming –

Nov 20, 2007 | 3 Comments

Having been briefly introduced to Edinburgh Weavers through searches for my last post it seems like a good time to visit Rose Cumming, the early early twentieth century decorator and textile designer. Dessin Fournir has recently rediscovered and re-introduced some of her patterns, helping her live on today. (Click here to link to their page and her bio.) I first read about Cumming after falling unexpectedly for the above pink animal print. I’m not generally big on animal prints but there’s something so girly and arty about this one — and I love it on the 100% linen ground. Kind of “Grey Gardens.” In some alternate universe I’d have it as drapery on a super tall window. Also above is a lush giraffe print viscose velvet also from her line. And a picture of her (woman on the left) as a suffragette.

Victor Vasarely –

Nov 18, 2007 | Leave a Comment

I was looking through my Taschen New York Interiors book this afternoon and boom! An amazing wall textile by someone I had never heard of (but after googling feel I should have…). Victor Vasareley (1906-1997): described by Wikipedia as the “father of op-art” (op as in optical illusion), a Bauhaus trained artist who worked as a graphic designer in the 1930s and ultimately worked in a number of mediums throughout his life. He contributed to the experimental textiles of Edinburgh Weavers (also hadn’t heard of before) which was started in the 1920’s as a subset of of the textile firm Morton Sundour. Anway, I’m gleaning all of this through various random searches so don’t want to compact any informational errors by going on. Needless to say, this Victor Vasarely did exist and did cool stuff! Above top, the image from New York Interiors, followed by a more subdued textile also designed by VV for Edinburgh Weavers (“Keerno”, 1962).

Sarah Symes –

Nov 8, 2007 | 1 Comment

My last few postings have me on a fiber-artists bent, which led me to think back to a link I noted a few months ago on Sarah Symes, maker of “abstract contemporary textile art”. Above is an overall and detail shot of one of her pieces, “California Dream” as found on her website. I really like the orange and pink color combination! Whether a fair comparison or not, there’s a certain Gee’s Bend look to some of her pieces — but overall all her work seems to have a more painterly, rather than craft-based aesthetic.