Object Lesson- a Winter Hat by Jordana Munk Martin

The practice of making is a deep and spiritual process. If you practice as an artist, making is for the sake of making on a daily basis. This habit will follow you into other areas of your life. Jordana Munk Martin is a trained painter and sculptor, her practice has evolved into knitter, advocate and…

Donald Judd Chairs-Object Lesson

On the ground floor of 101 Spring Street next to a desk that was left by a textile manufacturer are four wooden chairs placed in a row. Similar in material and scale, each one has a specific manner in which the spindle comes down into the seat, and each differs in the mathematics of the…

Mending/Melding-Object Lesson-Daniel Costa

I had spied the work of Daniel Costa long ago in a Li Edlekoort post.  This young European designer has a great sense of juxtaposition and balance. This rug project done for Dutch design week last year investigates artisan methods combined with commercial practices, proof that the two can co-exist. This post was originally an archive post…

Important textile books….

Earlier this year I wrote about this book, Textile Visionaries, that basically called to me at the Pratt Library. Bradley Quinn has been a champion of innovative textile work for years now and this edition is lovingly organized to make the biggest impact. Quinn premise is that textiles, maybe the most prosaic craft, is in…

Room making by Miss Birdy Otis-age twelve.

As the 19th century was drawing to a close the young Miss Sarah Elizabeth Birdsall Otis of Bellport, Long Island was engrossed in a project that spans ideas of design, craft and cultural constructs. Birdy Otis, as she was called developed a complete turn of the century household via cut and paste collage techniques. Artful…