Hickoree’s –

Oct 21, 2013 | Leave a Comment

japanese bandana, japan, handkerchief, classic

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

northern ireland textile, irish textile, irish blanket, irish wool

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

contemporary textile artist, contemporary embroidery

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

textile exhibit, textile exhibition, interwoven globe, cross cultural textile

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

konya carpet, 18th century carpet, carpet gallery new york

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

contemporary weaving, frame loom, brooklyn textile

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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Asher Market –

Aug 27, 2013 | Leave a Comment

alpaca blanket, alpaca pillow

Started up by two sisters after an inspiring trip to Peru, Asher Market is the place for vibrant alpaca throws and pillows.

Via C Magazine.

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Gray Market

Aug 21, 2013 | Leave a Comment

block printed textile, indian block print, block print table linen

Berkeley based Gray Market offers a small but lovely collection of block printed textiles, including table linens, throw pillows, and accessories.  — Now if only there was more explicit information on their website about purchasing…

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Recycled Denim –

Aug 16, 2013 | 1 Comment

recycled denim, denim carpet, rag rug, jean rug

The clothing company Nudie Jeans has come up with a new way to re-use their old denim: rag rugs. Artfully bridging “eco-friendly” and  “super chic”, it’s hard to imagine where these carpets wouldn’t look good.

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Marijke Arkley –

Aug 8, 2013 | Leave a Comment

handwoven pillow, handwoven textile, australian textile designer

Marijke Arkley, an Australian textile designer based in Amsterdam, makes beautiful hand loomed pillows — sold here.

Via Style Files.

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