Panel, "#5", 1980–89
Technique: tied resist patterning in warp [or weft] (ikat) on plain weave. Museum purchase through gift of Anonymous Donor. 2005-16-2.
- Designed by Ethel Stein
What is this?
Various blocks of ikat in indigo blue, tan and off-white.
Why is this in our collection?
Ethel Stein’s interest in textile structures began with her work with Cooper-Hewitt’s collection—specifically with the velvets and damask collection, under the tutelage of former Textiles department curator, Milton Sonday. This ikat piece reflects Stein’s interest in process and technique. Stein was a sculptor before she became interested in textiles. Stein and her husband, an architect, were very sympathetic to the modernist movement. They were friends with Josef and Anni Albers and promoted a Bauhaus living style. Stein’s work was included in a number of important art and textile exhibitions between 1995 and 2005 and is held in major collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the... more