frenchtown fiber

Chris Mundy and Kate House try to make art while navigating the crap life throws at them.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Look at This Fabric

This is a scan from one of my library books, "Dating Fabrics, a Color Guide, 1800 - 1960," by Eileen Jahnke Trestain. As you can see, this was a page about fabrics from before 1830. That little brown print, top middle, really does not look very old fashioned. Looks like something out of the 50's. I want this fabric.

The next 2 fabrics are from a book called "America's Printed Fabrics, 1770 - 1890, " by Barbara Brackman. It was hard to pick out these few fabrics to show, because I am drooling over so many of them.  This book talks about the different manufacturing innovations and then shows examples of the fabrics that resulted. The author then put reproduction fabrics on the facing pages and talked about what was different. Often the pattern was scaled down, but some of them are exact copies.

My final example today is from a book called "Textiles of the Arts and Crafts Movement" by Linda Parry. This book focuses a lot on the designers of that time, sort of the Art Nouveau Amy Butlers and Kaffe Fassetts of their day.


Quiltplay said...

HI Chris - awesome fabric! The last one looks very Erte to me.

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Chris Mundy said...

I think it's Art Nouveau starting to cross over into Art Deco, so what you say makes perfect sense.