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Textile, Thimbles and Thread, Mid-late 1950s

This is a Textile. It was designed by Ken Davies and produced by Associated American Artists. It is dated Mid-late 1950s and we acquired it in 2016. Its medium is cotton and its technique is printed. It is a part of the Textiles Department department.

In Thimbles and Thread, rendered meticulously in Ken Davies’ signature trompe l’oeil style, silver thimbles and wooden spools of colored thread seem to slant toward the viewer, away from their pale blue ground. He treats his subject matter with the repeat technique commonly seen in pop art, creating a playful juxtaposition between handcrafting and the mass production that drove the American Pop Art movement.
Sportmodes of Boston fashioned a full skirt from this design in the 1950s. (1)
(1) Karen J. Herbaugh, “Index of AAA Textile Designs,” in Art for Every Home: An Illustrated Index of Associated American Artists Prints, Ceramics, and Textile Designs (Manhattan: Marianna Kistler Beach Museum, Kansas State University, 2016), http://hdl.handle.net/2097/19686.

This object was donated by American Textile History Museum. It is credited American Textile History Museum Collection, gift of Cora Ginsburg.

Its dimensions are

H x W: 49.6 × 90.5 cm (19 1/2 × 35 5/8 in.)

Cite this object as

Textile, Thimbles and Thread, Mid-late 1950s; Designed by Ken Davies (American, b. 1925); cotton; H x W: 49.6 × 90.5 cm (19 1/2 × 35 5/8 in.); American Textile History Museum Collection, gift of Cora Ginsburg; 2016-35-36

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