There is so much creativity in this world. I am happy that no two people are exactly alike.
Warp and Weft of Fabricadabra
Christopher Payne has spent much of the past few years photographing more than 20 of the mills that make up what’s left of America’s textile industry. Read the article and embrace the photographs from the NY Times. I just read this article and am old enough to feel as though I am in mourning over the losses. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/12/magazine/fruits-of-the-loom.html I find his photographs hauntingly beautiful juxtapositions. I am reminded that textile production is toxic , but the results can be gorgeous.
So much has changed since my entry into the textile industry in the mid 1980′s. MY first big girl job with Carter’s (baby clothing) and Baby Dior. We were headquartered just outside of Boston. The company was vertically integrated. Carter’s had its own spinning mills, weaving and knitting mills, printing and dye mills, apparel manufacturing facilities and even its own stores. My primary job was to buy greige goods, convert them to dyed and printed fabrics and to oversee the approval of colors and prints (strike-offs) at the mills. I trudged through rural towns after renting cars at the airport to get to mills in the Carolinas, Mississippi and Georgia. Burlington and Milliken were HUGE . It was no big deal for me to approving a 100,000 yard roller screen print run and wait 12 hours in the Customer Room for the next strike-off. So much has changed.
My fondness for indigo fabrics is no secret. I admire that just about every culture produces hand crafted indigo textiles. I have added some Japanese indigo shibori and kasuri pillow covers to my collection as well as Indian block printed pillow covers, pouches and tea towels. I have more shibori pillow covers that will be added over the next week. Enjoy! http://www.fabricadabra.us/batiks.html
I know I stumbled upon her work in the past and it resonated with me. I love her use of color, texture, rich textiles and her bohemian spirit. Her company and showroom are in Toronto.
I’ve just marked down all Dutch and African wax print pillow covers to 50% off the regular retail. Stock on each style is limited. Mix and match for a color riot!!!!
Are these great or just amazing? A scrap fabric bohemian American flag. As expected, I saw one on Pinterest and fell for it. But, who made it? There was no mention of the artist. With very little Googling, I found out they are the product of fine artist Maggie O’Neil of Maggie O’Neil Fine Arts in Washington D.C. She showed them on her blog with very little fanfare. Maggie’s website has a link to shopping, but she is not selling these. She sells her paintings on-line and they are very impressive. I’m assuming you can commission her to make one of these unique flags. But, this is a great DYI project if you are sitting upon piles of fabric, as I am. I have never hung an American flag outside or inside of my house. But, this works just great as a wall hanging.
Great job, Maggie!! ‘So happy to have found you and your website!!!
I cannot say it any better than Yatzer or show you as many beautiful visuals of this new book by Catherine Legrand, who spent twenty years exploring various cultures worldwide to produce this fascinating documentation of the practices, people, art, garments and communities this dye has been so fundamental to. It is a labor of love for the author and the people who create it.
Indigo cloth just melts me, so my copy is on order!
Please read Yatzer’s coverage of the book and enjoy the gorgeous pictures. http://www.yatzer.com/indigo-the-colour-that-changed-the-world