Friday, March 4, 2011

fabric friday: inspiration, alan campbell and the met

On my recent visit to The Met­ro­pol­i­tan Museum in NYC, I was drawn into the ancient world. Actu­ally, I was dragged, as my 6 year old was intent on see­ing all the Egypt­ian mum­mies, tem­ples and tombs. Within the Egypt­ian col­lec­tion, I was arrested by the vibrant col­ors and pat­terns found in wall and ceil­ing frag­ments. How inspir­ing are these graphic pat­terns, that we often think of as mod­ern?

Ceiling Fragment, Tomb of Amenotep Surer

Ceil­ing Frag­ment, Tomb of Amenotep Surer

3,300 year old "mod­ern", meet today's interpretation:

alan campbell 'cap ferrat' fabric, room by elizabeth dinkel

alan camp­bell 'cap fer­rat' fab­ric, room by eliz­a­beth dinkel

The ever-popular zig zag motif? A river, of course.

Deceased Being Towed in a Boat, Tomb of Rekhmire

Deceased Being Towed in a Boat, Tomb of Rekhmire

And today:

alan campbell zig zag in brown

alan camp­bell zig zag in brown

alan campbell zig zag in french blue

alan camp­bell zig zag in french blue

Alan Campbell's fab­rics are not the only ones I "saw" when brows­ing the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Museum. This pre­cur­sor to the motif we refer to as Greek Key

ceiling fragment, tomb of Inyotef

ceil­ing frag­ment, tomb of Inyotef

is plainly vis­i­ble in this Schu­macher 'Greek Key':

schumacher fabrics 174502 in ruby

schu­macher fab­rics 174502 in ruby

Doubt­less there are many more con­tem­po­rary fab­rics with roots in the ancient past. Inspi­ra­tion for inte­rior design­ers, fab­ric design­ers and all types of artists is found in count­less places, but the world's great art muse­ums, like the Met, must surely be at the top of the list.

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  1. BEAUTIFUL! This is one of my all-time favorite things to explore. The mean­ing of pat­terns and their ori­gins… great post Cindy!

  2. Cynthia says:

    Thank you Con­stanza. We can­not help but be inspired by history!

  3. Annie says:

    I adore using his­toric pat­terns and images as inspi­ra­tion. I'm work­ing on a book of hand knit pat­terns based on his­tor­i­cal images and I've been SO inspired by this lit­tle Egypt­ian stat­uette. http://www.flickr.com/photos/28142715@N00/3304806231/in/set-72157622651570335/

    Lovely job with the fab­rics — thank you for sharing!

  4. Cynthia says:

    Annie — wow! That is a ter­rific pat­tern! Thanks for shar­ing that image and com­ment­ing on my post!

  5. krys says:

    I stum­bled into your blog from Kathe Fraga's blog. Love it. Love her work. This article…what an atten­tion to detail. Great discovery.

  6. Cynthia says:

    Krys — thank you so much for vis­it­ing! I too love Kathe's work!