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Textile, Line Language, 2015

This is a Textile. It was designed by Suzanne Tick and manufactured by Teknion Textiles. It is dated 2015 and we acquired it in 2015. Its medium is 40% post-consumer recycled polyester, 39% polyester, 21% nylon and its technique is woven. It is a part of the Textiles department.

Suzanne Tick is one of the most important American textile designers of her generation. She has always chosen to explore new technologies and fibers in her work while continuing to manipulate existing weaving techniques in innovative ways to produce highly engineered interior textiles. Her creative work in industrial fabrics is balanced by her handwoven and unique textiles, which allow her to experiment freely with materials, scale, and form.
Line Language is the newest textile designed by Suzanne Tick for Teknion Textiles, where she is the creative director. To be introduced later in 2015, Line Language is an upholstery fabric with a bold graphic quality and gently textured surface that appears handwoven. The color and line gradation creates the pattern for the textile and provides a lively visual effect with a painterly quality. According to Tick, "Line Language is an upholstery fabric that reminds us of the act of drawing and painting, scraping and erasing. The sophisticated palette of three colors is based on rich art materials such as sumi ink, charcoal, and graphite, creating a luxurious textile in look and feel."* True to Tick’s interest in creating environmentally friendly fabrics, Line Language is made using recycled polyester.
*email to Matilda McQuaid April 16, 2015

This object was donated by Suzanne Tick Design Studio. It is credited Gift of Suzanne Tick Design Studio.

Its dimensions are

H x W: 365.8 × 139.7 cm (12 ft. × 55 in.)

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Textile, Line Language, 2015; Designed by Suzanne Tick (American, b. 1959); 40% post-consumer recycled polyester, 39% polyester, 21% nylon; H x W: 365.8 × 139.7 cm (12 ft. × 55 in.); Gift of Suzanne Tick Design Studio; 2015-36-2

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