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.
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.
Luce Object Quote"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
- ca. 1950
53 1/2 x 50 1/4 in. (135.9 x 127.6 cm.)
© 1952, F. Schumacher and Co.
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of the James Renwick Alliance and museum purchase through the Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program
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- linen, cotton, and wool
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