Buttons, ice creams and watermelons, Andy Warhol (1928-1987) pulled inspiration from the daily joys of life and this is what makes his textile design sing. Yu can see many of his designs on display as part of the artists textiles exhibition, currently on display at New Lanark.
Thursday, 12 April 2018
Wednesday, 11 April 2018
'Paddington Station' by Saul Steinberg for Regulated Cottons INC. 1952. Roller printer cotton fashion textile. A symphony of line like a spider's web showing the structure of the overall roof of the station. Exhibited at the New Lanark Visitor Center, in an Exhibition of Artists Textiles Picasso to Warhol.
Tuesday, 10 April 2018
John Rombola's ‘Circus’ textile for Patterson Fabrics, 1956, and reissued as wallpapers by their sister companies Harben Papers and Piazza Prints is also on exhibit as part of the New Lanark Visitor Center's Exhibition of; 'Artists Textiles Picasso to Warhol'.
John's work is a new discovery for me and I am totally in love with it's joy and exuberance.
Monday, 9 April 2018
Saul Steinberg's fabric designs are on display as part of their new exhibition facility at the New Lanark Visitor Center, in an Exhibition of Artists Textiles Picasso to Warhol. Although Saul disliked comercial design it paid well and in the 1940's and 1950's he designed textiles for Patterson Fabrics, New York.
The next few posts will be about this exhibition.
Friday, 30 March 2018
Clothes are a carapace, a shell in which we meet the world and so are our bodies and skin, we are judged on them all.
Above: Sarah Sitkin trying on one of her suits from the exhibition at Superchief Gallery LA open until 31st March.
Sarah Sitkin in her first solo exhibition, 'Bodysuits' is giving people the chance to step into someone else's skin.
'Bodysuits' allows us to experience someone else's physicality and to remind us that the skin is not the self, we are more than our packaging.
As if the hyper realism of the suits were not amazing enough, the interior spaces of these suits are the hidden beauty, inner beauty homages and wisdom.
"The concept for this show was born when my grandmother asked me to make a mold of her toes. This led to a specific conversation about the physical attributes we personally remain insecure about. However, this quickly expanded beyond the personal, into the nature of the human condition as a meditation on the self. Our universal detachment with our bodies leads us through a lifetime of serious divides, between fantasy and reality for what our bodies should and could be. I do not believe the body defines who we are. It’s not really the essence of “us,” but functions more like a garment than a persona. The bodies in the show are direct molds from actual people. They have been recreated with extreme detail. Each suit carries it’s own weight, intended to communicate a burden or lack thereof for that particular body, such as the softness of youth, the stiffness of scar tissue, or the fragility of aging skin. I wanted “Bodysuits” to be an experience of the burden or pleasure of somebody’s physicality. The universal experience of insecurity is painful and often private, consolidated to a temporary solution and quick fix mentality that ignore the impending difficulties of age and breaking down. “Bodysuits” is a reminder of our impending mortality, allowing us to experience another's being with curiosity and empathy, remembering our skins are not the self." Sarah Sitkin