Using Textiles in Interior Design
Any serious HGTV watcher realizes the importance of textiles in finishing a room. A throw on the sofa, a dresser scarf, a thin silk over a window to move with the breeze — all these things add depth and life to a room. Modern sensibility has moved past the outmoded idea that art is Art only if it hangs on a wall. Using textiles in design has come a long way from the Indian print bedspread thrown over the couch.
I maintain that craft done well is art. Above is a window hanging I did for my Mom a few years ago and mounted behind her valance. When the draperies close, the elegant hanging is still visible. If I had stapled the silk to a stretcher frame, would that make it more “Art” than letting it hang and move with the breeze?
Does sealing a painting on canvas and finishing the edges, instead of stretching it on a frame make it less “Art?” Heronkate calls her floor cloths “walkable art.” She paints them on the heaviest canvas one can buy, and adds glued and mitered hems to make them lie flat on the floor. Looks like walkable art to me!
Diane Thorp of ouno calls her gorgeous hand-loomed linen pieces “window transparencies.” They are translucent by day but more opaque by night and function equally well as wall hangings or framed art.. Barbdyestoquilt suggests using her hand stitched and beaded torans as valances over windows. How gorgeous would that be, instead of a standard drapery?
Table coveringss are no longer limited to doilies and dining rooms. Victoria Gertenbach of Sillyboodilly quotes Frank Lloyd Wright: Form and function are one. This gorgeous table runner would be elegant in any room of the house, from a foyer table in the entry to a coffee table in the living room. It has a hanging sleeve attached to the back, in case you’d like to present it as wall art.
FireHorse Textiles imagined the moment when the sun dips below the horizon, leaving the sky lit with color for this gorgeous tapestry. She uses fabrics from a variety of sources, including re-used clothing and fabrics she machine dyes at home. What a dramatic statement this would make in your room!
So, throw a scarf over a table or a sari on top of the drapery rod over your sheers! Take your hanging scarf off its rod and put it around your neck for a night on the town. Fiber and textile art comes in all shapes and sizes, and is a versatile and imaginative addition to your home!
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