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

5.19.2014

Connecting Lines

[Festival Feast by Eskayel]

After the Joni experience, I started searching iTunes and Netflix for anything loosely related to those Southern California sounds of the late 60s and early 70s. Eventually, I stumbled upon the recent Eagles rockumentary.

[Shamins Smoke by Eskayel]

No, on the visual front, it's not filled with the same sort of inspiration laced throughout Joni Mitchell: Woman of Heart and Mind, but some of the band's album cover art -- the examples tinged with mystery and Native American-inspired imagery, make my mind drift to contemporary Brooklyn-based Eskayel's fabrics, specifically The Frontier Collection.

[Circa 1850. Wool; tapestry weave. The Weisel Family Art Foundation. Image via the de Young.]

The lines in Eskayel's designs sort of recall the geometrics of the old textiles currently on view in the de Young's show, Lines on the Horizon: Native American Art from the Weisel Family Collection, but the New York studios' s dreamy, kaleidoscopic color bleeds also evoke Western sunsets.

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