Mixing It Up

Pattern mixing has been popular throughout the centuries. This is just a few examples.

Pattern Mixing in 18th Century Dress

 French Court

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The British 18th Century Fashionistas weren’t too far behind

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Pattern mixing was even tried out in the backwaters (and in the 18th century, America was the backwater). Notice the quilted petticoat. This was common in the Early Georgian era.

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Pattern Mixing For Economics and Necessity-Quilt Making

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Rare Japanese “Boro” textile, Boro, literally “rag” cloths, traditionally futon covers or rugs, were rurally made using whatever scraps of Edo period cotton cloth could be bought, traded or salvaged and sewn together in very graphic, abstract patterns. As only the middle class could afford cotton in bolt form, rural poor folk made do with what was at hand or bought from rag markets. The result are these beautiful, soulful textiles that are as much abstract art as fabric.

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African American Patchwork Quilt
1930’s
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From the quilt collection of the National Museum of Wales-A patchwork quilt made from multicolored printed cotton squares. The filling is probably an older quilt. Made by Esther David of Llancabon-Mid to late 19th century.

Simple Fabric War Time American Fashions

Claire McCardell 1940-creating from the humblest of American fabrics

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Gilbert Adrian-1940 playing stripe against stripe in simple poplin-given the three different line directions, trip and two colors used, I consider this pattern mixing.

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The 60’s Mixing and Breaking the Establishment’s Rules

They really don’t need introductions. But if any of the younger crowd is checking this page out-two icons from the 60’s: Janice and Jimi.

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The Modern Mixmaster

Until he passed away in 2015, Koos Van Den Akker was renown for painting in fabrics-here’s just a few of his designs.

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Before he passed away, Koos designed for Vogue patterns. I have a few of his patterns, including this coat-someday……….

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Mixed Patterns in 20th Century Art

I’m closing out with two abstract artists that I admire.

Wassily Kandinsky

It was hard to choose just one because he is one of my favorites.

Composition IX (1936) by Wassily Kandinsky

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Picasso

Clarinet, bottle of bass, newspaper, ace of clubs – Pablo Picasso (1913)

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Hope you enjoyed, Terri

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