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


Design, Teens, and the First Lady

[From the left: 1968 Missoni ad illustrated by Brunetta and an image from The Interior Archive, Evana Van Der Wick, Selvedge, issue 4.]

The creative team behind that incredibly graphic Missoni for Target commercial hit one out of the park because it's playing on a continuous, colorful zig-zaggy loop in my head. Even prompted me to search Selvedge's back issues for vintage Missoni. My favorite found image shows an endless sea of stripes in the famed design house's Italian factory.

On this side of the Atlantic, Target happens to be sponsoring a free, upcoming Teen Design Fair in conjunction with the 2011 National Design Awards. First Lady Michelle Obama, honorary patron for this year's awards, will honor the winners and finalists on Tuesday, September 13, with a White House ceremony. Before the celebratory luncheon, several of the award winners will participate in an education program for local high school students from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Kogod Courtyard at the Smithsonian’s Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture.

As explained over at the Cooper-Hewitt's site, students will have a chance to learn about careers in design by meeting one-on-one with leading professionals in the fields of fashion, industrial design, architecture, multimedia and graphic design, including Matthew Carter, Jamie Drake, Tobias Frere-Jones, Kathryn Gustafson, Steven Heller and Jonathan Hoefler. Tim Gunn will give the keynote address. Registration is required and space is limited. Learn more here.

[Older kilim -- personal photo, not from the museum.]

With The Art of the Anatolian Kilim: Highlights from the McCoy Jones Collection scheduled to open at the de Young Museum this weekend, I've been looking at some of my mom's rugs and pouring over the Anatolian antiques at Marla Mallett's site.

If you're interested in learning more, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco still offer this book about their earlier groundbreaking exhibition. 

Update 9:15 p.m.
See wonderful textiles being produced inside Missoni here.

Loosely related past posts: Vogue illustrator, René Bouché, Artists' Palettes: Virginia Johnson, A Competition, and Lahariya.

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