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Ribbon And Sample, How to Tat, 2002

This is a Ribbon and sample. It was designed by Laura Foster Nicholson and printed by Ribbon Printers Unlimited. It is dated 2002 and we acquired it in 2003. Its medium is 100% polyester and its technique is printed on satin weave with matte foil ink. It is a part of the Textiles department.

This is one of a group of ribbons by the textile artist Laura Forest Nicholson, who is also known for her hand-woven brocaded tapestries. In these vibrant, humorous, and graphically appealing ribbons, Nicholson creates movement and exuberance through units of repetition. She interprets the ribbon as “the industrial equivalent of the tapestry: an ornate and often elaborate woven textile with its only function being to provide decoration, richness, and a sense of delight.”

Nicholson received her MFA at Cranbrook Academy of Art and has lectured, taught classes and workshops, and exhibited extensively in the United States. In 1996, the museum acquired Nicholson’s tapestry, Everything for the Garden (1996-78-1), which is a large and playful composition depicting garden tools, vegetables, and flowers. These ribbons are designed in a similar spirit.
Nicholson’s ribbons would serve as a wonderful complement to the museum’s collection of ribbons and ribbon sample books, which are dated much earlier than this proposed gift. In addition, the ribbons proposed for acquisition offer a sophisticated, light-hearted and visually appealing counterpart to the elegant yet comparatively serious designs of most ribbons today.

This object was donated by Laura Foster Nicholson. It is credited Gift of Laura Foster Nicholson.

Its dimensions are

L x W (a): 295 x 2.5 cm (9 ft. 8 1/8 in. x 1 in.) L x W (b): 27.5 x 2.5 cm (10 13/16 in. x 1 in.)

Cite this object as

Ribbon And Sample, How to Tat, 2002; Designed by Laura Foster Nicholson (American, b. 1954); USA; 100% polyester; L x W (a): 295 x 2.5 cm (9 ft. 8 1/8 in. x 1 in.) L x W (b): 27.5 x 2.5 cm (10 13/16 in. x 1 in.); Gift of Laura Foster Nicholson; 2003-10-12-a,b

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