Sidewall, Harlem Toile de Jouy
Harlem Toile de Jouy features scenes of young men playing basketball, a couple dancing to a boom box, and people eating fried chicken and watermelon. Toiles are traditionally copper plate printed fabrics popular in the 18th century. They frequently showed pastoral scenes and personifications of the Continents. Toiles did not appear as designs on wallpapers until early 20th century during the Colonial Revival period. There are a number of these early toile papers in the collection.
Harlem Toile de Jouy was created by African-American designer Sheila Bridges for Studio Printworks. Bridges, who opened her own interior design business in 1994, received much acclaim for designing the Harlem office of former president Bill Clinton. She was named “America’s Best Interior Designer" in 2001 by CNN and Time magazine. Bridges began hosting her own television show, Sheila Bridges Designer Living, for the Fine Living Network, in 2003. In 2006, she made Essence magazine’s list of the world’s 25 most inspiring women. In addition to interior design, Bridges has expanded into home furnishings design, creating pieces such as Harlem Toile.
It is credited
Gift of Studio Printworks.
Its dimensions are
H x W x D: 457.2 x 76.2 cm (15 ft. x 30 in.) Repeat H: 76.2 cm (30 in.) Roll: 457.2 cm (15 ft.)
It is inscribed
Printed on left selvedge: “‘Harlem Toile De Jouy’ A handprint by Sheila Bridges for STUDIO PRINTWORKS”; right: “www.studioprintworks.com”
Cite this object as
Sidewall, Harlem Toile de Jouy; Designed by Sheila Bridges (American, b.1964); USA; screen printed on paper; H x W x D: 457.2 x 76.2 cm (15 ft. x 30 in.) Repeat H: 76.2 cm (30 in.) Roll: 457.2 cm (15 ft.); Gift of Studio Printworks; 2007-42-1
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Esperanza Spalding Selects.