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American arts and crafts textiles
Ayres, Dianne.
Publication Information:
New York : Harry N. Abrams, 2002.
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248 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 x 27 cm
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NK8812 .A47 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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American Arts and Crafts Textiles explores an important but often overlooked component of the American Arts and Crafts style (1900-1925), exemplified by designers such as Gustav Stickley, Greene & Greene, Harvey Ellis, and Arthur Wesley Dow. The bold and colorful table linens, curtains, pillow shams, clothing, and other textiles typical of the period were often stenciled or embroidered with the same stylized motifs inspired by nature - such as flowers and insects - that appear in Arts and Crafts pottery, metalwork, and other decorative arts. This lavishly illustrated book provides historical information as well as decorating inspiration. More than 25 photos show the textiles in period room settings located in notable Craftsman style homes around America, while other illustrations include vintage advertisements and detailed photographs of individual works. Chapters outlining the needlework techniques and how to care for antique textiles round out the book.

Author Notes

Textile designer Dianne Ayres founded her business, Arts & Crafts Period Textiles, in 1981. Her formal training in textiles began at Indiana University, where she studied weaving and surface design, and she apprenticed under her grandmother to learn custom sewing of textiles. She holds a degree in Conservation and Resource Studies from the University of California at Berkeley. Dianne and her husband
Timothy Hansen, research, write, and lecture on the topic of textiles and design of the Arts and Crafts movement and collect the linens and printed materials of the period. They are members of Artistic License, a guild of artisans based in San Francisco. Dianne is also a member of Roycroft Renaissance Artisans and the Northern California Arts & Crafts Guild. Timothy Hansen holds degrees in philosophy from the University of California at Berkeley and in law from Cornell University. He serves on the City of Berkeley Landmarks Commission and is a member of the board of the non-profit Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association
Tommy McPherson is director of Craftsman Farms Foundation, a non-profit organization that administers Gustav Stickley's Morris Plains (New Jersey) home, Craftsman Farms, as a National Historic Landmark. Formerly the curator of the Arthur Wesley Dow collection, Tommy has lectured extensively on Dow, Stickley, and the Arts and Crafts movement. A graduate of the Winterthur program, he holds an M.A. degree in Early American culture and American decorative arts from the University of Delaware
Beth Ann McPherson is curator for interpretation at Craftsman Farms, assisting with the restoration of the buildings, interiors, and landscape. She holds an M.A. degree in American studies from the College of William and Mary and has served as curator at the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum and associate curator for decorative arts at the Mark Twain House in Hartford, Connecticut

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Library Journal Review

Often the Arts and Crafts movement is recognized by its architectural and furniture design, which evolved from the late 19th to the early 20th centuries and was epitomized by designers such as Gustav Stickley. However, this stylistic and philosophical movement encompassed the entire household, including the linen closet. This book provides a comprehensive study of the textile arts of this period, which are often overlooked. The four authors are all textile specialists involved with Arts and Crafts restoration. Following the development of the movement, from William Morris to American Colonial Revival style, they effectively portray the convergence of influences and the development of the style. They also show how the growth of home ownership, craft schools, and popular kits and instructions lent to the hearty adoption of the Arts and Crafts style by the American middle class. A final chapter on the care and restoration of antique textiles is quite useful. Unfortunately, the quality of the illustrations is inconsistent some are excellent, being both large and detailed, while others, especially the reproductions of period publications, are woefully small. However, there are no comparable books devoted solely to Arts and Crafts textiles, and this one covers the subject admirably. Recommended for larger public libraries. Karen Ellis, Nicholson Memorial Lib. Syst., Garland, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

1 Inspiration and Evolution: The Development of American Arts and Crafts Textilesp. 6
2 Art and Utility: Design Principles of the Arts and Crafts Movementp. 34
3 Coast to Coast: Dissemination of Ideasp. 52
4 The House Beautiful: Textiles in the Arts and Crafts Homep. 96
5 With Needle and Thread: The Craft and Construction of Arts and Crafts Textilesp. 150
6 The Art and Ethic of Dress: Arts and Crafts Clothingp. 204
7 Stitches in Time: The Care of Antique Textilesp. 232
Notesp. 238
Bibliographyp. 242
Indexp. 245
Acknowledgmentsp. 248