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Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016


Print and Pattern

Hopefully my friend Cameron is too busy with her twins to notice that I put her birthday present on a blog. I just want all the textile enthusiasts out there to see more views of Soolip's silkscreened paper. Since it's made from recycled cotton rag, it "reads" a bit like fabric. And the available prints definitely feel textile-inspired. (The apple-green palm leaf pattern has a delicate silver line running though it.) For everyone lamenting the loss of Mrs. John L. Strong's luxe stationery, Soolip's offerings make terrific envelope liners.

With textile designers and students in mind, I ventured to the High this morning to study David Driskell's work along with paintings and drawings from the permanent collection. The museum is brimming with fine abstract and self-taught art characterized by "flattened" lines that are conducive to fabric design.

Obviously I'm excited about this summer's major exhibition, Monet Water Lilies, but I also hope visitors will explore the museum's lower level where Driskell's prints are on view in Evolution adjacent to the Works on Paper Study Room. Fans of Matisse and African Art will really appreciate the show, which closes August 2, 2009. (To watch a related video, click here.)

Due to photography restrictions, I can't post pictures of my favorite pieces. However, I can share another tip:  If you are visiting the High, go to the top floor of the original wing where Nellie Mae Rowe's colorful, densely patterned drawings hang. In a nearby gallery, furniture such as George Nelson's bright orange mid-century Marshmallow Sofa is juxtaposed with abstract art of the same period. You can weave your way past Thonet's iconic rocker and late-19th-century art, then continue to go back further in time as you descend each level of the "old" museum.

Above, Bonnie Cashin's Nelson sofa as seen in New York Times Magazine. Driskell's Pine Tree woodcut is via the David C. Driskell Center.


Anonymous said...

as a gallery owner, i'm distrubed by your comment. what do you mean by "unfortunately, due to copyright restrictions..." that you can't post pictures from the museum.
you regualrly post pictures from magazines and design books EVERY SINGLE day, so why is Art different? i dotn't think that by posting a picture of a marshmallow sofa in the high is breaking a copyright law.

Style Court said...

The High has clear cut guidelines about posting images from their galleries on the web without going through proper channels. I would need permission before doing that.

Also, I wasn't working on a professional story today and did not seek a press pass. Photography is not allowed in the Driskell exhibition without an official press pass.

Style Court said...

I'll revise the word in the post to say photography restrictions. Perhaps that will clarify things.

Style Court said...

Hi Anon,

You can email me directly if you have additional concerns or questions about permissions and images.
To answer your earlier question, I do seek permission before posting.


Unknown said...

Love the paper pattern/stationery and I have enjoyed Soolip when at the Pacific Design Center right across the street (Melrose, West Hollywood, CA).
Great stuff happens!