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Photo by: Sonnenzimmer | Moraine 14

Chicago design and print studio Sonnenzimmer are usually busy hand-making equisitely modern posters, books, and music packaging. For their latest exhibition, opening Friday, April 12 at Public Works, the design and printmaking duo feeds its fine art jones with an investigation of the textures of traditional textiles. The textiles are the result of a collab with recipients of the 2012 Chicago Architectural Prize Club Club. The new works merge hand-woven and screen-printed fabric in a series of quilts, which Sonnenzimmer prints on, naturally. Sonnenzimmer has a book in the works to document the venture.

Opening for "Image Structure" takes place Friday, April 12, 2013, 7pm-10pm at Public Works
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Glove color card

The Design Center at Philadelphia University maintains a massive textile and fashion library of over 200,000 fabric samples, books, and trade cards, and they've graciously started to share the collection via Tumblr

The majority of the posts are small fabric samples sewed onto filing cards that date back over 100 years. The surprise is how modern some of the patterns look that are well over a century old. The sheer quantity of samples makes it possible to spot a few trends as well. For example, vegetable prints were apparently huge in the 1880s and 90s, and geometric patterns started making frequent appearances just after 1910. There's plenty of dated ephemera, like a color guide for choosing the right gloves and a Parisian "fashion forecast" book from 1966. 

Whether you're a designer too far from Philadelphia to explore the collection in person, or you'd just like to have some fashion history in the dashboard, you should follow The Design Center on Tumblr

Photo by: Walker Robins | Caddo Quilt

While Meg Callahan makes these quilts in Rhode Island, her designs have more to do with her tiny hometown in Oklahoma than anything happening near her studio in Providence. The RISD grad draws influences from American Indian patterns and the "beautifully boring" landscape (her words) which surrounds her hometown of Edmond, Oklahoma.

How did she manage to snap a photo with her quilt as the backdrop to some epic wood chopping? She recently told Sight Unseen the photos were taken on a plot of land her sister's boyfriend owns in Oklahoma, and the man with the axe is his father, who frequents the plot to blow off steam by chopping wood.

Three Meg Callahan quilts are currently on sale at Matter.