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Eight Years of Textiles, History, Art, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes

2.18.2007

Matisse, Textiles and Books


Above, The Pink Studio, Henri Matisse, 1911, from the collection of The Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts

Below, maquette for chasuble (priest's robe) Henri Matisse, 1950-1952, Musee Matisse


Illustrator Paulina Reyes, a senior member of Kate Spade's creative team, lists the book Matisse, His Art and His Textiles as one of her favorites. This title is on my bookshelf too. Matisse was a lifelong collector of textiles -- French and African fabrics, exotic Persian carpets, Middle Eastern embroideries -- and the book explores how his vast collection influenced his art. It's a great resource for fabric designers, or anyone passionate about textiles and Matisse.

Another recommendation from Reyes is Mad About Madeline. Reyes says she picked up the book while working on the baby line at Kate Spade, and describes the illustrations as humorous and sophisticated. For more on Paulina Reyes, visit "behind the curtain" on Spade's site.

5 comments:

Fairfax said...

I have another book by Ludwig Bemelmanns, who wrote Madeline. He also did some murals at one of the old NY bars, which they've just restored. Too bad I can't remember which bar! :-(

style court said...

Fairfax, I wish you did remember the location -- it would be fun to look up.

The Peak of Chic said...

It's Bemelmans Bar at The Carlyle, and it's my favorite bar! If you're ever in NYC, you must go. I think there are pics on the Carlyle's website.

style court said...

Thanks POC!

Fairfax said...

Thanks, Peak! Now I remember!