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Dorothy Liebes woven swatch. Late 1950s.

Dorothy Liebes woven swatch. Late 1950s.

Dorothy Liebes woven swatch. Mid 20th century.

Dorothy Liebes woven swatch. Mid 20th century.

Dorothy Liebes woven swatches for Chrysler. July 1957. 

Dorothy Liebes woven swatches for Chrysler. July 1957. 

Dorothy Liebes woven swatch. Mid-20th century.

Dorothy Liebes woven swatch. Mid-20th century.

Dorothy Liebes woven swatch. Mid-20th century.

Dorothy Liebes woven swatch. Mid-20th century.

Dorothy Liebes woven swatch. Mid-20th century.

Dorothy Liebes woven swatch. Mid-20th century.

Dorothy Liebes woven swatch. Mid-20th century.

Dorothy Liebes woven swatch. Mid-20th century.

Dorothy Liebes woven swatch. Mid-20th century.

Dorothy Liebes woven swatch. Mid-20th century.

Dorothy Liebes woven swatch. Mid-20th century.

Dorothy Liebes woven swatch. Mid-20th century.

Dorothy Liebes woven swatch. Mid-20th century.

Dorothy Liebes woven swatch. Mid-20th century.

Dorothy Liebes woven swatch. Mid-20th century.

Dorothy Liebes woven swatch. Mid-20th century.

Over the past few months, we have been excited and honored to work with artists participating in Structure and Surface, the Philadelphia Mural Arts Textile Project, as they research the local textile industry.

Katherine Shozawa shared these snapshots of Dorothy Liebes textiles that inspired her during her visit to The Design Center:

"What captured my interest in Liebes in addition to her wonderful, visually interesting and unexpected use of materials is a statement she once made: “Design is an interpretation of your life experience.” The historian Alexa Griffith Winton also describes her work as “interdisciplinary, multi-cultural, highly personal, inherently collaborative and above all colorful.” This interest in personal experience (like storytelling) along with details of her collecting unusual, modest and cheaper materials during World War II, like ribbon and foil strip from San Francisco’s Chinatown (where, incidentally, I grew up after my family moved from Vancouver, BC) are what compel me to keep following her story and work. Additionally, the mid-century, World War II period is a prominent part of my work since I became an artist.”

For more about Structure and Surface, check out the project’s website here.

Posted 1 year ago

archivesofamericanart:

There are a lot of things I like about this image: the lady on the left who came to the weaving studio with pearls on, the matching aprons that make those three women look like they’re some kind of weaving dream team, and, of course, the super-loom that takes 5 people to operate.
Dorothy Liebes and weavers, 196-? / unidentified photographer. Dorothy Liebes papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

We just found this photo of one of our favorite textile designers, Dorothy Liebes, in the studio! She’s on the right in the middle. 
Check out some Dorothy Liebes samples in our collection here.

archivesofamericanart:

There are a lot of things I like about this image: the lady on the left who came to the weaving studio with pearls on, the matching aprons that make those three women look like they’re some kind of weaving dream team, and, of course, the super-loom that takes 5 people to operate.

Dorothy Liebes and weavers, 196-? / unidentified photographer. Dorothy Liebes papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

We just found this photo of one of our favorite textile designers, Dorothy Liebes, in the studio! She’s on the right in the middle. 

Check out some Dorothy Liebes samples in our collection here.

Dorothy Liebes galore! We pulled these out for a weave studio class tour yesterday.

Dorothy Liebes galore! We pulled these out for a weave studio class tour yesterday.

Dorothy Liebes woven sample. Mid-twentieth century.

Dorothy Liebes woven sample. Mid-twentieth century.