May 27, 2011
CURATOR: KRISTIN PARKER
Dress fabrics of the 1940s and ’50s, made from rayon and bark cloth, were animated by an array of designs, illustrating whimsical scenic vignettes or abstract patterns suggested by natural forms. Each of these patterns had a story to tell. Innovation in science — many of the 4CP comics were produced during the so-called Atomic Age — motivated craftspeople, artists and designers to explore new visual forms, revealed to the eye by technologies like x-ray crystallography. Here’s an example of dress fabric produced by designers S.M. Slade, inspired by the crystal-structure diagrams of atoms in matter drawn by crystallographer Dr. Helen Megaw in 1951.
Here are some examples of comic swatches from 4CP that would make great fabrics.
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