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


Rocking Damask

Over the weekend, I had fun with a creative young middle school student blockprinting on linen. (Final project to be posted later.) Mixing the messy inks and watching them react to various fabrics just heightened my appreciation for all patterns that show a sense of an artist's hand -- whether block printed or not. So, earlier today, I surfed over to the site of tattooed, Punk-meets-polish Brit decorative painter and designer, Adam Calkin.

Calkin does wonderfully overblown, organic, historically-inspired patterns for Lewis & Wood. All of the patterns are gorgeous but his linen-jute blend, Ipek Damask, is a real favorite. If you're a fan, too,  it looks like Modern Fabrics -- the eco-conscious North Carolina-based company that salvages cutting room floor remnants -- recently rescued some yardage* (in the Fresco colorway) and is offering it to the public at a budget-friendly price.

[Image above via Modern Fabrics.]

[Topkapi Palace Museum.]

To view historic Ottoman textiles, visit the Topkapi Palace Museum and the website for the 2000 exhibition, Flowers of Silk and Gold: Four Centuries of Ottoman Embroidery. For background on Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin, the 19th-century architect cited as another influence on Calkin, click here.

*At the time of this posting four yards were still available.


Emile de Bruijn said...

That Ipek Damask is amazing - I was just about to say that it seems to be an interesting mixture of Victorian/Persian/Arts & Crafts when I read that it is inspired by Pugin, but it is slightly lighter in tone than your usual Pugin - 'Pugin in spring', perhaps, or 'Pugin in love' :)

andrew1860 said...

Thanks for the resource. I love linen and happen upon 40 linen damask 19th century napkins at a thrift store for 50 cents a few days ago.

Style Court said...

Hi guys,
I've been trying to add a link to a Pugin resource but my Internet connection keeps failing on me. Stay tuned!

ArchitectDesign™ said...

that is GORGEOUS, love that pattern! Can't wait to hear more about your middle school 'experience'!