May 5, 1989 |
Fourteen-year-old Shelly Benton stood carefully erect yesterday morning as Tahira Amatullah draped a length of brilliantly colored, intricately woven fabric on his lanky frame. He turned slowly as she twisted and gathered it around his waist and over his shoulder. When Amatullah finished, the youth threw back his shoulders, folded his arms across his chest and looked proudly, if a bit nervously, at his McMichael School classmates. There stood not a typical eighth grader but a spiritual heir to those who first wore the "kente" cloth centuries ago - the kings of the Ashante nation of Ghana, in West Africa.
March 20, 2013 |
MANTOLOKING, N.J. - The Jersey Shore town hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy is planning to put sand-filled fabric tubes on its beach to protect its storm-ravaged coastline. Mantoloking says it needs signed easements from all oceanfront homeowners by April 12. The tubes would form the basis of a new dune system. No price tag is yet available. It is a supplemental protective device that would go along with a widened, replenished beach in front of it, according to borough spokesman Chris Nelson.
June 15, 2007 |
Which comes first: the color on the wall or the color in the fabric? Like the chicken versus the egg, the question is open to debate, but design pros tend to answer "fabric. " Fall in love with a beautiful print, discover a luxurious length of linen, or lose your heart to an antique quilt. The idea for a room begins with the mood and colors of the fabrics you choose. To learn how to translate fabric into a decorating scheme, a good place to begin is Home Furnishing With Fabric by Leslie Geddes-Brown (Ryland, Peters & Small, $19.95)
February 9, 2012 |
PASSED DOWN by descendants of the nation's first first lady, a 5-by-9-inch swatch of silk brocade from one of Martha Washington's dresses ended up with family friend Alden Freeman. In 1932, he gave it as a gift to Nan Britton, a woman involved in the first publicized presidential sex scandal. And now you can claim the fabric as your own. Yesterday, it was offered for sale for $40,000 by the Philly-based Raab Collection, which has it in a vault. It may be the only Martha Washington dress snippet ever put on the market.
April 5, 1996 |
Junichi Arai arrived for dinner in Manayunk looking New York hip, dressed all in black - turtleneck, slacks and a felted black wool jacket weirdly tufted all over with short, dreadlock appendages. He wore an ancient Mali bronze ring on one tapered finger, a black plastic digital watch encircling his wrist, and, while waiting for his noodles to arrive, he fiddled with a handful of Tibetan silver-and-shell charms strung on what looked like a piece of yarn - except that the yarn was actually a space-age twine of his own design, made of titanium.
August 9, 1987 |
You might say that Harriet Schiffer's study of African culture is the fabric of her life. The fabric of her choice is African, too - discovered during her study of the culture. What Schiffer discovered is "kente" (pronounced KIN-tay) cloth - an intricately woven fabric created and designed by the Ashante people of Ghana in West Africa centuries ago and once reserved for use by royalty and village chiefs. Over the years, the cloth maintained its distinction, but became more readily available to the masses.
March 3, 2000 |
If fabric could talk, what tales would it tell? In the hands of storyteller Linda Goss, it might morph into a rabbit or river, or help her to relate the fable of how a baby leopard learned to fear fire. "I deal with imagination as the basis of storytelling," explained Goss. "I'll use a cloth to create story characters. I want an element of surprise," she said, quickly tying cloth into a full-blown butterfly. But now, instead of having to find fabric to fit a script, Goss is reaping the benefits of a collaboration with an artist who counts the storyteller among her inspirations.
February 15, 2008 |
Susie Brandt, whose adventurous, pop culture-inspired textile pieces make up her mini-retrospective "Rummage," at the Design Center at Philadelphia University, has to be one of Baltimore's most fabulous 20th-century exports since John Waters. Brandt and the filmmaker share similar sensibilities: She creates her quilts of found fabrics with an affection for, and humorous view of, the periods she evokes, which cover the late '50s through the early '80s. Her work is as subversive as any textile art I've ever seen, but playfully so. And she celebrates those lowbrow artifacts that the rest of us would rather sweep under the carpet.
June 5, 2009 |
It was a case of despair at first sight. Back in 1968, when Nancy Bergman first saw the house on Locust Street near 22d, she was totally turned off. While Bergman, her husband, and their three children had outgrown their apartment just a stone's throw away, they lived in a light-filled, interesting space. Everything inside the Locust Street house her husband took her to see was painted dark green or carpeted in green. The exterior bricks were painted black. "It was just totally uninviting," recalls Nancy.