Category: pattern

  • Ken Scott & Susan Nevelson

    Ken Scott & Susan Nevelson

    About a year ago I stumbled upon the textile designs of fashion designer Ken Scott. I was immediately drawn to the vibrant colors and bold florals rendered in a loose, painterly style. Very much in the style of Emilio Pucci and Vera Neumann and at its peak in the 1960’s. But why had I never…

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  • Chain Link

    Chain Link

      I found this vintage scarf a few months ago at a flea market. I love a print with interlocking chain links – they have an old school feeling that makes me think of vintage Gucci and Hermes. Many of these types of prints are equestrian inspired but I especially like chain prints that are…

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  • Arne Jacobsen

    Arne Jacobsen

      I have always associated Danish designer Arne Jacobsen with his iconic chair designs such as the Egg and Swan chair from the late 1950’s. Considered a leader of modern Danish design, Jacobsen was an architect and product designer known for praticing functional modernism. I had not known that he also was a prolific designer…

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  • Zandra Rhodes: a True Original

    Zandra Rhodes: a True Original

      As a textile designer and collector I particularly admire the work of Zandra Rhodes. She is a true original – creating her own artwork for fashion, home furnishings, jewelry, rugs, and more – she is an inspiration and a pioneer. Since the beginning of her career Rhodes has made her own rules and created…

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  • Vera and Calder

    Vera and Calder

    If you follow my blog or know me, you know that I love all things Vera (Neumann). She was one of the most prolific designers and artists whose textiles helped inspire my love of collecting and fabric design. Awhile back I read that Vera was close friends with the artist Alexander Calder. They were such…

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  • Fantasy Flora

    Fantasy Flora

      I recently saw images from the Valentino Spring/Summer 2017 fashion show and was intrigued by the unusual designs of palm trees and cacti. Turns out these prints and embroideries were created by Zandra Rhodes for Valentino. Valentino’s designer Pierpaolo Piccioli commissioned Rhodes to design prints based on Hieronymus Bosch’s “The Garden of Earthly Delights.”…

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  • La Mendola

    La Mendola

      This is another case of finding a vintage scarf that leads me to learn about an amazing fashion line I had never heard of before: La Mendola. I was drawn to the bold jungle colors of this parrot scarf at a thrift store. Researching the signature from the bottom corner led to discovering that…

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  • Op Art, the Square and the art of Richard Anuszkiewicz

    Op Art, the Square and the art of Richard Anuszkiewicz

      I bought this handkerchief at a flea market recently – I loved the op art influence, the squares within squares, and of course that it is in shades of blue. I have always been fascinated by the artwork of Josef Albers and his “Homage to the Square” works. Months earlier I found a book…

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  • Vera & Schumacher

    Vera & Schumacher

    Vera (Neumann) had a prolific career as an artist and designer. Her hand painted designs have appeared on everything from scarves to dinnerware, bedding, fashion, and towels. Her first foray into licensing her name and artwork was with the fabric house F. Schumacher in 1947. It was a pairing of two textile powerhouses. The first…

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