Oyyo –

Feb 22, 2014 | 1 Comment

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Here’s something from last week’s New York Times “Style” Magazine — Oyyo. It’s a Swedish company founded by a design duo that “works in nomadic ways, exploring the convergence of cultures, design and fine craftsmanship.” Sounds like the perfect vocation to me. Their dhurries are made in India using organic cotton and vegetable dyes.

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Hiroko Takeda –

Feb 16, 2014 | Leave a Comment

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The March issue of Dwell spotlights Hiroko Takeda, a textile designer, artisan, and weaver with an international reputation and clientele. With a clear emphasis on texture, shape, and structure, Takeda creates textiles that are as timeless as a spider’s web.

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Custom Cool –

Feb 9, 2014 | 1 Comment

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I’m getting back in the swing of things – now with baby in tow – and am hopeful I can keep Fibercopia frequently updated with new and interesting posts in 2014! I’ve been catching up on a backlog of magazines this weekend and have a few nuggets to share — this first one via Elle DecorCustom Cool is a new pattern-centric carpet and accessories company offering “chilled and unchilled” designs in a rainbow of colors and in fibers ranging from wool to hemp to nettle. Their Vermicular carpet is pictured above.

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Maternity Leave –

Nov 8, 2013 | Leave a Comment

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As the growing distance between recent posts already attests, diverting things are happening behind the scenes at Fibercopia! The site is now officially on maternity leave through the end of the year, though time and inspiration may still allow for a few new posts between now and 2014!

For more on the the beautiful image above check out this entry by Travels In Textiles about East African kangas.

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Hickoree’s –

Oct 21, 2013 | Leave a Comment

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Hickoree’s supplies the most elemental of textile accessories: bandanas and handkerchiefs. The bandana design above is by J.S. Homestead, produced in Japan, and modeled after vintage American predecessors. Other examples on the site are mostly made by The Hill-Side (a site very much worthy of its own visit) — in sizes ranging from “pocket square” to bandana.

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Mourne Textiles –

Oct 5, 2013 | Leave a Comment

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With a legacy of hand weaving and textile design that reaches back three generations, family-run Mourne Textiles has recently dusted off their original looms and now proudly lays claim to being the only hand loom weaving workshop in Northern Ireland. As demonstrated in their still-evolving website, their carefully edited collection is infused with a timeless focus on the simplicity of pure craft.

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TextileArtist.org –

Sep 28, 2013 | Leave a Comment

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Though designed as a resource for textile artists themselves, this website is also a great find for anyone who loves the craft. Started by brothers Joe and Sam Pitcher, the duo describes a primary impetus for the site this way: “We wanted to know how individual textile and fiber artists work, learn about how they implement techniques, hear their stories and find out what influences and inspires them.” Among the many interviews they’ve conducted since is this one about Naomi Ryder; her embroidery of Donna Summer is pictured above.

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Interwoven Globe –

Sep 19, 2013 | Leave a Comment

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Based on this glowing review by The New York Times it sounds like The Metropolitan Museum’s new textile exhibition Interwoven Globe encapsulates everything I find most compelling about textiles as artistic transmitters of cultural, aesthetic, and social history. Now it’s just a matter being magically transported to Manhattan before January 5th…

Above: “A hanging depicting a conflict between colonialists and indigenous locals in southern India”.

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Fred Moheban Gallery –

Sep 9, 2013 | Leave a Comment

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For an encyclopedic visual inventory of carpet regions, styles, and types, check out the website for Fred Moheban Gallery in New York. Above, a detail from a Turkish 18th Century Konya carpet.

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Alicia Scardetta –

Sep 2, 2013 | Leave a Comment

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Among the many artists represented at Vitrine is Alicia Scardetta a Brooklyn-based artist who came upon the medium of weaving in 2010. As elaborated on the site:

Alicia Scardetta weaves exclusively on frame looms, most of which she has built out of stretcher bars and nails. For Alicia, Frame looms (as opposed to harness looms) give her the freedom to weave and wrap yarn, creating negative space (holes, gaps) within the woven piece. In her vision, the wrapped elements are about connectivity as well as separation —  ebb and flow.

Above, a detail of her color-packed work appropriately named “Candy Aisle“.

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