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{Fabric Friday} Ruth Adler Schnee…

I was flipping through my husbands RISD alumni magazine last night & stumbled on another  treasured textile designer that I was thrilled to learn about. Her name is Ruth Adler Schnee & there was solo show of her work last summer in conjunction with the 2011 Venice Biennale called, A Passion for Color – which was complimented by a documentary film of her life & career.  She attended Rhode Island School of Design in 1942 & was considered a leading textile designer with pioneering designs as an artist. She was also a mother of three. I was  very interested to learn about her circle of friends & fellow collaborators (because I really dig that sort of thing- & they are some of my favorites) : Ray & Charles Eames, Frank Lloyd Wright, Buckminster Fuller, & Minoru Yamasaki. She grew up in Germany & her mentor/ childhood friend was Paul Klee (one of my favorite Expressionist painters who was influenced by music). I’m not really sure how I didn’t know about Ruth given she hung out with a lot of my artist/design idols, but I’m really glad I do now. If you are interested in learning more about Ruth, the RISD article below has a lot of links that could keep you busy for a long time. Happy Fabric Friday!  Hope you have a great weekend full of a lot of cool discoveries.
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{Fabric Friday} cut out & keep…

Last November, I posted about my love of Skinny laminx textiles here. So, it will be no surprise that I was excited to discover that Heather Moore (aka Skinnylaminx) designed a new line of organic fabrics for Cloud9 that debuted this April.

“Cut Out & Keep ~ The first in our Designer Series for 2011 features South African surface and product designer, Heather Moore who works under the brand name Skinny laMinxCut Out & Keep is a striking collection of 8 prints based on her paper-cut designs. This is the first range of fabrics of this type for Heather and we’re really excited about this collaboration.” -Cloud9

You can purchase these directly from Cloud9 or from here. Aren’t they nice? I particularly love them in the stacks that Heather photographed for her blog

I’ve been pondering these fabrics for awhile now- thinking of using some in a new mobile. I just can’t seem to make a decision, although I may be close. Do you have a favorite?  Happy Fabric Friday! Any plans to sew or create this weekend? 

{Fabric Friday} cut out & keep…

Last November, I posted about my love of Skinny laminx textiles here. So, it will be no surprise that I was excited to discover that Heather Moore (aka Skinnylaminx) designed a new line of organic fabrics for Cloud9 that debuted this April.

“Cut Out & Keep ~ The first in our Designer Series for 2011 features South African surface and product designer, Heather Moore who works under the brand name Skinny laMinxCut Out & Keep is a striking collection of 8 prints based on her paper-cut designs. This is the first range of fabrics of this type for Heather and we’re really excited about this collaboration.” -Cloud9

You can purchase these directly from Cloud9 or from here. Aren’t they nice? I particularly love them in the stacks that Heather photographed for her blog

I’ve been pondering these fabrics for awhile now- thinking of using some in a new mobile. I just can’t seem to make a decision, although I may be close. Do you have a favorite?  Happy Fabric Friday! Any plans to sew or create this weekend? 

{Inspiring Couple} Lucienne & Robin Day…


Creative couples really inspire me. I’m always curious about how their individual work influences each other & their creative process. It’s the weekend before Valentine’s Day and I thought it would be fun to revisit this interest of mine by starting a series of posts about creative couples. The first couple of the series is UK designers Robin & Lucienne Day. 

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I had written a post a few weeks ago about Lucienne’s beautiful textiles for Fabric Friday, but I wanted to learn more about Robin and his furniture designs. I found this great video at designonscreen.org which is a wonderful site to know about if you love design & architecture. 
Contemporary Days: The Designs of Lucienne & Robin Day from Design Onscreen on Vimeo.

I love how their work compliments each other. Robin & Lucienne have that added benefit of having different design strengths & being able to communicate their ideas to one another. I can’t help but think that makes them even stronger artistic voices & adds volumes to the continuity in their work. They are truly an inspiring couple don’t you think? Do you have a favorite creative couple? 
Hope you are enjoying your weekend….

{Inspiring Couple} Lucienne & Robin Day…


Creative couples really inspire me. I’m always curious about how their individual work influences each other & their creative process. It’s the weekend before Valentine’s Day and I thought it would be fun to revisit this interest of mine by starting a series of posts about creative couples. The first couple of the series is UK designers Robin & Lucienne Day. 

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I had written a post a few weeks ago about Lucienne’s beautiful textiles for Fabric Friday, but I wanted to learn more about Robin and his furniture designs. I found this great video at designonscreen.org which is a wonderful site to know about if you love design & architecture. 
Contemporary Days: The Designs of Lucienne & Robin Day from Design Onscreen on Vimeo.

I love how their work compliments each other. Robin & Lucienne have that added benefit of having different design strengths & being able to communicate their ideas to one another. I can’t help but think that makes them even stronger artistic voices & adds volumes to the continuity in their work. They are truly an inspiring couple don’t you think? Do you have a favorite creative couple? 
Hope you are enjoying your weekend….

{Inspiring Couple} Lucienne & Robin Day…


Creative couples really inspire me. I’m always curious about how their individual work influences each other & their creative process. It’s the weekend before Valentine’s Day and I thought it would be fun to revisit this interest of mine by starting a series of posts about creative couples. The first couple of the series is UK designers Robin & Lucienne Day. 

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I had written a post a few weeks ago about Lucienne’s beautiful textiles for Fabric Friday, but I wanted to learn more about Robin and his furniture designs. I found this great video at designonscreen.org which is a wonderful site to know about if you love design & architecture. 
Contemporary Days: The Designs of Lucienne & Robin Day from Design Onscreen on Vimeo.

I love how their work compliments each other. Robin & Lucienne have that added benefit of having different design strengths & being able to communicate their ideas to one another. I can’t help but think that makes them even stronger artistic voices & adds volumes to the continuity in their work. They are truly an inspiring couple don’t you think? Do you have a favorite creative couple? 
Hope you are enjoying your weekend….

{Fabric Friday} Emilio Pucci…

My first memory of discovering Emilio Pucci designs was about 15 years ago when I lived in NYC. There was this really wonderful vintage clothing shop a few blocks from my school/studio. Every now and then I would stop by to browse & play dress up. This store had a lot of high end designers from the 50’s – 70’s and I remember being particularly taken with the bold & colorful designs of Emilio Pucci. One of the bizarre facts that I just learned, is that Pucci’s first clothing designs were for the Reed College skiing team- in 1935 he received a skiing scholarship from Reed College and later received his MA in social science. It just strikes me really interesting that someone born in Florence, Italy to a noble family, would end up in a small college in Portland, Oregon. I won’t go into his whole history, but this fact was one I found particularly notable. Needless to say, he was known for his bright & bold textiles and his designs have been sought after by quite a range of woman like Marilyn Monroe (she was been buried in one of his dresses), Jackie Kennedy, & Madonna. 

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I’m really enjoying my textile design history tangent that I have been on lately. I had to include that hilarious helmet design. You know, I live in the rainy NW & something like that just might be the answer to these grey rain filled days.  I think I could totally pull that off at the local grocery store, don’t you? Happy Fabric Friday! Do you have a favorite textile designer? 

{Fabric Friday} Emilio Pucci…

My first memory of discovering Emilio Pucci designs was about 15 years ago when I lived in NYC. There was this really wonderful vintage clothing shop a few blocks from my school/studio. Every now and then I would stop by to browse & play dress up. This store had a lot of high end designers from the 50’s – 70’s and I remember being particularly taken with the bold & colorful designs of Emilio Pucci. One of the bizarre facts that I just learned, is that Pucci’s first clothing designs were for the Reed College skiing team- in 1935 he received a skiing scholarship from Reed College and later received his MA in social science. It just strikes me really interesting that someone born in Florence, Italy to a noble family, would end up in a small college in Portland, Oregon. I won’t go into his whole history, but this fact was one I found particularly notable. Needless to say, he was known for his bright & bold textiles and his designs have been sought after by quite a range of woman like Marilyn Monroe (she was been buried in one of his dresses), Jackie Kennedy, & Madonna. 

{source here & here}

I’m really enjoying my textile design history tangent that I have been on lately. I had to include that hilarious helmet design. You know, I live in the rainy NW & something like that just might be the answer to these grey rain filled days.  I think I could totally pull that off at the local grocery store, don’t you? Happy Fabric Friday! Do you have a favorite textile designer? 

{Fabric Friday} Emilio Pucci…

My first memory of discovering Emilio Pucci designs was about 15 years ago when I lived in NYC. There was this really wonderful vintage clothing shop a few blocks from my school/studio. Every now and then I would stop by to browse & play dress up. This store had a lot of high end designers from the 50’s – 70’s and I remember being particularly taken with the bold & colorful designs of Emilio Pucci. One of the bizarre facts that I just learned, is that Pucci’s first clothing designs were for the Reed College skiing team- in 1935 he received a skiing scholarship from Reed College and later received his MA in social science. It just strikes me really interesting that someone born in Florence, Italy to a noble family, would end up in a small college in Portland, Oregon. I won’t go into his whole history, but this fact was one I found particularly notable. Needless to say, he was known for his bright & bold textiles and his designs have been sought after by quite a range of woman like Marilyn Monroe (she was been buried in one of his dresses), Jackie Kennedy, & Madonna. 

{source here & here}

I’m really enjoying my textile design history tangent that I have been on lately. I had to include that hilarious helmet design. You know, I live in the rainy NW & something like that just might be the answer to these grey rain filled days.  I think I could totally pull that off at the local grocery store, don’t you? Happy Fabric Friday! Do you have a favorite textile designer?