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Skeins

ca. 1950 Mariska Karasz Born: Budapest, Hungary 1898 Died: Danbury, Connecticut 1960 linen, cotton, and wool 53 1/2 x 50 1/4 in. (135.9 x 127.6 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the James Renwick Alliance and museum purchase through the Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program © 1952, F. Schumacher and Co. 1992.117 Not currently on view


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"Embroidery is to sewing what poetry is to prose; the stitches can be made to sing out as words in a poem." Karasz, Adventures in Stitches, 1949

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Throughout her life, Mariska Karasz pushed traditional sewing techniques to extremes, creating new stitches and applying existing ones in unusual ways. She started this wall hanging by wrapping different colored yarns around her fingers "for play." She liked how the loops looked and tacked them down to the fabric, varying their scale and position so they appear to fly out toward the viewer from a point far in the distance. Several of the artist's designs, including Skeins, have been adapted into curtains and drapery fabric by Schumacher Textile Company.

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decorative arts - fiber

Crafts - Fiber

fabric - cotton

fabric - linen

fabric - wool

About Mariska Karasz

Born: Budapest, Hungary 1898 Died: Danbury, Connecticut 1960

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