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Drawing, Textile Design

This is a Drawing. It was designed by Dorothy Cole Ruddick. It is dated ca. 1950 and we acquired it in 2021. Its medium is pen and black ink, graphite on paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

In 1950, Dorothy Cole Ruddick’s work as a commercial illustrator caught the attention of Hans Knoll, who commissioned her to develop a design for Knoll’s printed textiles collection. The resulting pattern was Filligree, a delicate pattern that reflects the draftsmanship for which Cole was known and spoke to the contemporary interest in lightness and transparency. Filligree was selected for MoMA’s January 1951 Good Design exhibition and was displayed at Chicago’s Merchandise Mart. Ruddick was also featured, with a group of Knoll designers, in Look magazine in May 1951. The scale of the pattern, composed of interconnected diamond shaped webs, was equally effective when applied to apparel design and can be seen in the designer’s own Filigree dress in Cooper-Hewitt’s collection (7389.1.2011). Although Filligree is the only textile design Cole ever had in production, her preparatory drawings and sketchbook from the period, showcase her remarkable talent for creating rhythmic, repeating patterns using an efficiency of line, form and color.

This object was donated by Abby Ruddick, Lisa Ruddick and Margie Ruddick. It is credited Gift of Abby, Lisa and Margie Ruddick.

Its dimensions are

H x W: 22.6 x 28.9 cm (8 7/8 x 11 3/8 in.)

Cite this object as

Drawing, Textile Design; Designed by Dorothy Cole Ruddick (American, 1925 - 2010); USA; pen and black ink, graphite on paper; H x W: 22.6 x 28.9 cm (8 7/8 x 11 3/8 in.); Gift of Abby, Lisa and Margie Ruddick; 2021-43-11

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