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Textile, Lost Font, 2006

This is a Textile. It was designed by Seth Tillett and Nicole Rauscher and produced by TAR/Tillett and Rauscher Inc.. It is dated 2006 and we acquired it in 2011. Its medium is acrylic and water on cotton batiste and its technique is striping dragbox through woven jute, wetted. 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.
Lost Font was commissioned by a rare book dealer, who wanted something that reflected his love of print. Using a drag box modified to create stripes, Tillett and Rauscher applied black ink through a loosely woven jute mesh so that fragments of the woven structure appear. The cotton batiste was wetted immediately afterward so that irregular bleeding of the ink occurs, creating a soft gray shadow around the staccato black marks.
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..

Its dimensions are

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

Cite this object as

Textile, Lost Font, 2006; Designed by Seth Tillett and Nicole Rauscher; USA; acrylic and water on cotton batiste; H x W: 274.3 x 111.8 cm (9 ft. x 44 in.); Gift of Tillett and Rauscher, Inc.; 2011-33-4

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