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

2.12.2010

Textiles as Art

[©Eric Morin via Selvedge, issue 21.]

I was flipping through a back issue of Selvedge when I stumbled upon Eric Morin's photographs of Lord and Lady McAlpine's large textile collection spread out in the courtyard of their 15th century monastery in Pugila, Italy (ll Convento di Santa Maria).

When the related story by Clare Lewis was published, the collection encompassed textiles from North Africa, West Africa, India, America and Mexico. Since Lord McAlpine is known to view the pieces as art -- something akin to the abstract expressionist paintings of the 1960s, and, as reported in the magazine, "as beautiful as a Rothko," I thought these pictures would serve as an interesting follow up to the previous post.

[©Eric Morin via Selvedge, issue 21.]

3 comments:

beachbungalow8 said...

that's a great quote. The area in Rothko's color fields, where one color meets the next, has always reminded me of woven threads.

Style Court said...

Megan, what a great observation!

Ms. Wis./Each Little World said...

McAlpine also writes the monthly "Journal of a Collector" essay on the last page of The World of Interiors magazine where he often discusses ethnic and other textiles.