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, the Museum commissioned the Dutch designer Hella Jongerius to create a series of ten textiles, collectively titled Sampler Blanket, in conjunction with the exhibition Hella Jongerius Selects: Works from the Permanent Collection, shown in the Nancy and Edwin Marks Collections Gallery March 4 to September 4, 2005. Each work in the series is inspired by designs found on historic samplers in the Museum's Textile 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 in 2003/2004, and viewed hundreds of samplers. Jongerius was interested in the learning process inherent... more