Blanket, Sampler Blanket #1, 2004
This is a Blanket. It was designed by Hella Jongerius. It is dated 2004 and we acquired it in 2005. Its medium is wool, polyester and its technique is appliquéd and needle punched, with machine embroidery. It is a part of the Textiles department.
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 objects, the historic use and reuse of established motifs, and the highly personal symbols and information contained within samplers.
To create Sampler Blanket, the motifs are hand-cut from recycled materials and joined to the foundation fabric using needle-punch technology, in which mechanized needle boards holding hundreds of barbed needles push up and down through the layers to entangle the fibers together. As a result, a second “shadow” version of the imagery appears on the back. These are then embellished with machine embroidery. Inspired by traditional handwork but using industrial processes and recycled materials, Sampler Blanket explores the transition between domestic and industrial production, and the influence of the hand even within technological innovation.
Its dimensions are
H x W: 203.2 × 141.9 cm (6 ft. 8 in. × 55 7/8 in.)
Cite this object as
Blanket, Sampler Blanket #1, 2004. wool, polyester. Museum purchase through Exhibition Funds. 2005-33-1.