Hanging, "Red Crocus", 1945
Medium: linen warp, wool and linen weft
Technique: plain weave with discontinuous wefts (tapestry)
Label: wool and linen tapestry.
Gift of Elizabeth Gordon. 1964-24-41.
- Woven by Ann-Mari Forsberg
What is this?
Hanging with a large-scale design of interlocking crocuses in bright red, violet, white, green, orange, gray and brown.
Why is this important?
Using natural fibers and the ancient technique of tapestry weaving, Swedish designer Ann-Mari Forsberg created this vibrant wall hanging, featuring crocus flowers in rhythmic opposition. Many of Forsberg’s hangings feature a playful contrast between positive and negative shapes, and most are heavily geometric with a strong, though rarely pristine, sense of symmetry.
Red Crocus was one of many Scandinavian wall hangings donated to the museum by collector and House Beautiful editor Elizabeth Gordon and exhibited in a celebratory exhibition at the Cooper Union, The Wonders of Thread, in 1965. The exhibition marked the growing popularity of Scandinavian design in the United States, and also the increasing recognition of textiles as an expressive medium. In the introduction to the Wonders of Thread exhibition catalogue, Gordon wrote that textiles are “excellent indicators of the metabolic health of the technical and artistic aspects of society.”