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Ingrid Dessau Takes Manhattan: A Textile Pioneer Uniting Craft and Industry
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Art History. Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, Sweden..
2015 (English)In: Journal of Modern Craft, ISSN 1749-6772, E-ISSN 1749-6780, Vol. 8, no 2, 195-202 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
Abstract [en]

Manhattan is a stunning, hand-woven hanging with a motif inspired by the modern cityscape of NewYork City. It was designed in 1953 by the Swedish textile artist and designer Ingrid Dessau (nee Peterson, 1923-2000) and woven by weavers associated with the Kristianstad County Handicraft Society. Dessau's long and successful career took off in the 1950s, and her work would come to be characterized by a capacity, founded on a solid mastery of her craft, to renew both the applied arts and industrial production of textiles in Sweden. In the case of Manhattan, this is exemplified by a synthesis of tradition and modernity that surprised and excited her contemporaries.

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2015. Vol. 8, no 2, 195-202 p.
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Dessau, tradition, modernity, craft, industry, reform movement, hand weaving, machine weaving, wall hanging
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Art History
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-268720DOI: 10.1080/17496772.2015.1057399ISI: 000364266100008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-268720DiVA: diva2:878786
Available from: 2015-12-09 Created: 2015-12-09 Last updated: 2015-12-09Bibliographically approved

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