Skeins

Media - 1992.117 - SAAM-1992.117_1 - 62673
Copied Mariska Karasz, Skeins, ca. 1950, linen, cotton, and wool, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the James Renwick Alliance and museum purchase through the Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program, 1992.117, © 1952, F. Schumacher and Co.

Artwork Details

Title
Skeins
Date
ca. 1950
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
53 1250 14 in. (135.9127.6 cm.)
Copyright
© 1952, F. Schumacher and Co.
Credit Line
Gift of the James Renwick Alliance and museum purchase through the Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program
Mediums Description
linen, cotton, and wool
Classifications
Keywords
  • Abstract
Object Number
1992.117

Artwork Description

Embroidery is to sewing what poetry is to prose; here the stitches can be made to sing out as words sing in a poem. -- Mariska Karasz

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.

Connections: Contemporary Craft at the Renwick Gallery, 2019

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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.

Exhibitions

Media - 2016.11 - SAAM-2016.11_6 - 124929
Connections: Contemporary Craft at the Renwick Gallery
November 13, 2015March 6, 2022
Connections is the Renwick Gallery’s dynamic ongoing permanent collection presentation, featuring more than 80 objects celebrating craft as a discipline and an approach to living differently in the modern world. The installation includes iconic favorites alongside new acquisitions.