Category: textiles

  • Summer Is Here

    Summer Is Here

    Another great scarf by my favorite – Vera Neumann. These bold anemone flowers pack a punch and I love the fuzzy centers as painted by Vera.

    Read more: Summer Is Here
  • 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…

    Read more: Op Art, the Square and the art of Richard Anuszkiewicz
  • Butterfly Patterns

    Butterfly Patterns

    I scored this vintage Gucci scarf a couple of months ago – love it! I think it is from the 1970’s. Featuring a grid layout of different butterflies, it is a riot of colors and patterns.     It got me to thinking about other great patterns of butterflies on fabrics, wallpapers and in fashion.…

    Read more: Butterfly Patterns
  • 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…

    Read more: Vera & Schumacher
  • Vintage Hermes Scarf

    Vintage Hermes Scarf

    This delicate chiffon scarf is by Hermes. I haven’t been able to identify the artist or designer but it is a sweet spring vignette of birds and frolicking squirrels.

    Read more: Vintage Hermes Scarf
  • Peacock Feather Patterns

    Peacock Feather Patterns

    “Hera” is one of the most iconic fabric designs of all time but also in the history of Liberty of London. The pattern was designed in 1887 by Arthur Silver. The name “Hera” is derived from the Greek goddess whose favorite animal was the peacock. Liberty acquired the design from Arthur Silver’s studio and has…

    Read more: Peacock Feather Patterns
  • The Eye Scarf – Kenzo

    The Eye Scarf – Kenzo

    I bought this scarf a couple of years ago at the Kenzo boutique when I was in Paris for the Maison & Objet show. Their name for it is “Eyes Allover” and it is one of my absolute favorite scarves. The eye as design motif seems to be having a resurgence lately in fashion and…

    Read more: The Eye Scarf – Kenzo
  • The Robert Brady Museum – Mexico

    The Robert Brady Museum – Mexico

    This past November I visited the city of Cuernavaca, Mexico which is approximately 2 hours south of Mexico City. Friends took us to visit the Robert Brady Museum which was one of the most incredible places I have ever seen. The museum was the residence of Robert Brady who was an artist and bon vivant,…

    Read more: The Robert Brady Museum – Mexico
  • Marimekko and Nature

    Marimekko and Nature

      This Marimekko scarf features a section of the “Ruusupuu” design created in 1957 by Maija Isola. The name translates to “Rosetree” and it is one of the fabric company’s most iconic designs.     The legendary Maija Isola was the first full time designer hired by Marimekko in 1949. Isola was first and foremost…

    Read more: Marimekko and Nature
  • Big Florals – Chintz Fabric

    Big Florals – Chintz Fabric

      Although I am a serious fan of modernism and geometric patterns, I’ve always been drawn to big, retro-looking florals. Some may call them “chintz” but that’s actually a bit of a misnomer as chintz is defined as a glazed cotton fabric. However the word chintz does vividly conjure up the image of ripe bouquets…

    Read more: Big Florals – Chintz Fabric