Blanket, "Sampler Blanket #1", 2004
Medium: wool, polyester
Technique: needle punched wool and wool applique with machine embroidery. Museum purchase through Exhibition Funds. 2005-33-1.
- Designed by Hella Jongerius
What is this?
Very dark blue background with bands of dark brown and taupe at the top. On the left side, bands of geometric borders in light blue and a pink patterned house, sideways. In the lower left, two interlocking hearts machine embroidered in red. In the lower right, a large yellow palm tree, and a light blue patterned R. In the upper right corner, three snowflakes in off-white.
Why is this in our collection?
In 2004, Cooper-Hewitt commissioned Dutch designer Hella Jongerius to create a series of 10 textiles (2005-33-1/10), collectively titled Sampler Blanket. This work was undertaken in conjunction with the 2005 exhibition, Hella Jongerius Selects: Works from the Permanent Collection. Each work in this series is inspired by designs found on historic samplers in the museum’s Textiles department. Embroidered samplers are one of the richest areas of the collection: the department has over 1,000 examples from all over the world. Jongerius visited the collection three times between 2003 and 2004 and viewed hundreds of samplers. Jongerius was interested in the learning process inherent in the making of these... more