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

5.15.2013

Small World

[Click for full view. Photo by Erica Shires for Erica Tanov.]

For a while now we've been hearing that small is the new big (excluding Baz Luhrmann's realm, of course).

Bay-area designer Erica Tanov's recent foray into bedding and other housewares includes small prints and intricate embroidery -- some pieces representing collaborations with artist Emily Payne and Creative Growth.


[Pop child's chair by Enzo Mari, styrofoam, Italy, 2004. Collection of Philadelphia Museum of Art.]

And across the country, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is scaling down with Design for the Modern Child, opening May 25. This summer exhibition will highlight textiles, wallpaper, toys, tableware and furniture.

As it happens, the Museum has a volunteer group specifically oriented to design professionals: Collab. They've been supporting the institution's modern and contemporary design collections since 1970 and have a special focus on outreach, not just to the established design community, but to students as well. One annual project, for example, is the college level Student Design Competition. Membership fees are far more accessible than at other museums, by the way. Find details here and look for more on decorative arts and design friends groups, on this blog, during the next few weeks.


1 comment:

Caroline Tiger said...

Thanks so much for writing about Collab! We also have a Facebook page where we post frequent updates about events and happenings -- like our Spring Lecture coming up this Sunday. Here's the link: https://www.facebook.com/collab.philamuseum