Design-Detective

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Tin Horn Holiday by Saul Steinberg

Bermondsey street in London is always a joy to walk along. There are fashion designers, interior shops, good resturants  and cafes. On Fridays there is an antique market and the street is home to White Cube Gallery. Enough for an afternoon out which blends into an early evening tapas followed by a stroll up to tower bridge, london bridge or a view from the shard.

Its vibrancy is the perfect location for the Fashion and Textiles museum, a regular haunt of mine,  show casing small exhibitions of great designers.

Last year (Jan – May 2014)  they held and exhibiton, artists and textiles.  The exhibiton showed examples of fabric designed by prominant artists for mass produced dress fabrics in the 1950’s era.  Also representing  key European and American  art movements, enabling ordinary people to have access to to modern art. The post war era was an exciting time for manufacturing. These fabrics were mass produced for ladieswear and home furnishings. For many of us to (and to this day) its an opportunity to own something created by someone as great as Picasso, Matisse and Warhol. We tend to think of these artists only in the big world of art,  accessible in museums and or with a high price tag. Therefore its interesting to see that these big players were happy to be part of the new design revoluation.

Garyson Perry would be an example of prodcuing work today for all price points. From a tea towel or scarf to a museum piece.

I was looking at a version of the Tin Horn Holiday, by Saul Stiengberg,  featured in the exhibition and thought how great it would be to own a piece like this, where do you find it?  There was over 200 rare pieces in this exhibition, most have never been on show before. So you can imagine my excitment to see this full size skirt length in excellant condition on ebay, yes thats right.  The seller says its a rare survivor and would make a wonderful framed wall panel (which it would) or an important addition to any collection or museum, which is my intention. Happy to show and tell and lend to interested parties.

Saul Stienberg was an artist and illustrator and worked for the New Yorker magazine. In 1946 he was exhibited in the critically acclaimed “Fourteen Americans” show at  MOMO and had a  retrospective in 1978 at the Whitney Museum of America, followed by a posthumous one at the Institute  for modern art in Valencia, Spain.

This piece shows both humor and satire. Illustrations depicting holidays in Palm Springs, of girls in cars wearing funky specs, rodeos and ‘weekend’ cowboys.  Neon signs, Very smart and sophisticated.

For more insightful reading to this fabric I high reccommend this blog by thevintagetraveler.wordpress.com

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