Category Archives: Antiques

Your Next President!

Your Next President!

Textiles have a history of political use as emblems within campaigns and causes, whether trade union banners, uniforms or signature quilts. As the USA slides into the final furlong of the presidential election, The Textile Museum presents Your Next President! which presents rare campaign flags and patriotic textiles from the Mark and Rosalind Shenkman Collection, which explore how presidential campaigning developed in the 19th century.

African printed and dyed textiles

African printed and dyed textiles

Africa is a great and varied continent of wide horizons and clear blue skies, which has long held a fascination for those born outside its bounds. Over the centuries its wealth of minerals, animal products and manpower has drawn in colonists and traders, slavers and missionaries alike. Its huge population is of diverse origin: people of Arab and Berber descent in the north, Khoisan-speakers and European colonists in the extreme south, Nilotic-speaking peoples in the north-east, and south of the Sahara a rich mix of groups who speak one of the Bantu languages.

Annie Hutchinson: Textile Animal Dolls

Annie Hutchinson: Textile Animal Dolls

Textile artist Annie Hutchinson is born in Wales and she graduated from Cheltenham Art College in 1989. She experimented in different media as a part of her study of Fine Art Sculpture, but she sticks mostly with textiles because of its ‘limitless supplyof pattern, texture and colour’. She like the possibility of creating and developing the ideas while she is working on her art pieces, and that is something that thread and textiles allow her. Annie says, “Life in the 21st century can be a bit hectic: everyone is in such a rush, wanting things done yesterday… when I’m hand stitching or needle felting it allows me to jump off the merry go round.”

Stenciled cabinet

Stenciled cabinet

Lace fabric and handmade doilies can easily be best described as granny style, but these flea market staples are the perfect stencil to update an old dresser, cabinet or table in minutes with a modern flair.

Christine Alvarado and Du Buh Du Design

Christine Alvarado and Du Buh Du Design

Christine Alvarado is an artist and doll maker originally from the Monterey Peninsula and she currently resides in Bend,  Oregon with her husband and son. Her background is in fine art, sculpture, printmaking, etc.. She earned an AA in Graphic Design at Monterey Peninsula College and her BA in Art at San Jose State University’s School of Art & Design.

Vintage Metal Signs As a Home Decoration

Vintage Metal Signs As a Home Decoration

Vintage metal signs can bring a unique touch to a home or office. They can be classic or artistic, and can bring an antique feel. For the home, metal signs can be found in numerous varieties. In the kitchen, the popular food and beverage brand advertisements of the 40’s and 50’s are often used for decoration i.e. message signs like Mom’s Kitchen’, ‘Always Open’, ‘Kitchen Closed’ etc. You can even order a custom metal signs with a message of your choice. Vintage car adverts, speed limit and vintage metal signs are used extensively for garages.

Vintage Stuff Hunting

Vintage Stuff Hunting

There was an age when all of our homes were filled with useful or pretty little things that were made to last. They were often produced in small quantities or hand-finished, made close to home, from good-quality materials and used or played with carefully. However fashionable there were in their best times, we call them now a vintage stuff.

How to use an old pallets?

How to use an old pallets?

Pallets are used and abused wooden platforms used in factories, warehouses, stores or building sites to move heavy loads around . The possibilities of usage the pallets for furniture are endless. A modern atmosphere can be created with an unique pallet sofa, and in garden with an informal and simple chair.

A Short Story About Cufflinks

A Short Story About Cufflinks

Having cufflinks have always been connected men who are dressed with style and elegancy. Before the cufflinks and clothes in general started to be the result of mass production, in the late 20th century, the shirts were tailor made and tailors created the cufflinks and process allowed them to be very creative.

The Secret Life of Socks: Gordana Rakulj Radovanovic’s Dollmaking

The Secret Life of Socks: Gordana Rakulj Radovanovic’s Dollmaking

“The secret life of socks” is the place where socks lives their own magic life. This new life give them  Gordana Rakulj Radovanovic, sculptor and applied artist. Gordana  came across the many pictures, tutorials and books about dollmaking, and she got an idea to make her own dolls. She tried to do something else and new.