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Textile, Moiré 3, 2007

This is a Textile. It was designed by Nicole Rauscher and produced by TAR/Tillett and Rauscher Inc. and production directed by Seth Tillett and made for Tillett Fabrics. It is dated 2007 and we acquired it in 2011. Its medium is acrylic on cotton canvas and its technique is silkscreen printed. It is a part of the Textiles department.

TAR/Tillett and Rauscher Inc., founded in 2006 by Seth Tillett and Nicole Rauscher, is an experimental textile hand-printing studio in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan. Tillett worked extensively in film, dance, and theater as a dramaturge, set, and lighting designer, in addition to creating installations. In 2000, he met Rauscher, a dancer and choreographer, and the two began collaborating on installations and performances involving graphics and textiles.
Tillett comes from a long line of English calico printers and grew up in his parents’ studio on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. His parents, D. D. (Doris) and Leslie Tillett, of Tillett Fabrics Inc., produced custom textiles for Jackie Kennedy’s White House restoration, style icon Babe Paley, and other influential clients. The Tilletts were also artists and experimenters and developed a number of unique printing techniques, such as the drag box—a handmade tool for creating stripes and plaids without the use of a screen. In 2003, Rauscher apprenticed herself to D. D. and ran Tillett Fabrics. Even after co-founding TAR, Rauscher has continued to print Tillett Fabrics designs at the request of the company’s longstanding interior design clients.
Moiré 3, designed by Rauscher, is a deceptively simple screenprint of acrylic on canvas of narrow black and white stripes. As the second stripe is laid over the first, however, the screen is very slightly angled. The overall effect is of a ribbed fabric with a moiré finish: dimensional and optical.
Tillett and Rauscher use a range of techniques so hand-intensive—and produce results so unique—that their practice calls into question the use of the term "printing," which implies fast and cheap repetition. By creating tools and techniques with which the design is created directly on the fabric, the pair actively seeks to create non-repeating, non-repeatable patterns that embrace spontaneity and chance.

This object was donated by TAR/Tillett and Rauscher Inc.. It is credited Gift of Tillett and Rauscher, Inc..

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Its dimensions are

H x W: 274.3 x 111.8 cm (9 ft. x 44 in.)

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Textile, Moiré 3, 2007; Designed by Nicole Rauscher (German, b. 1979); USA; acrylic on cotton canvas; H x W: 274.3 x 111.8 cm (9 ft. x 44 in.); Gift of Tillett and Rauscher, Inc.; 2011-33-1

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