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Ten Dorothy Liebes (American, 1897-1972) Weaving Samples

Auction: 20th Century Design - 3400T Location: Online Date / Time: June 17, 2020 12:00PM


Ten Dorothy Liebes (American, 1897-1972) Weaving Samples, United States, c. 1955, samples for window coverings, cotton, wool, rayon, metallic thread, plastic-coated aluminum foil, acrylic, painted wood, and bamboo, various sizes.

Note: Hailed as the 'mother of modern weaving,' Dorothy Wright Liebes was born in 1899 in Santa Rosa, California, the eldest of four children. Liebes attended San Jose State Teachers College, graduating with a BS in 1919. She took weaving classes at Hull House in Chicago, and used those skills to finance her education at the University of California, Berkeley. Graduating with her BA in 1923, Liebes went on to get her MA at Columbia University in 1929. The summer after graduation, she studied weaving and textile design at the Rodier Studio in Paris. Upon her return to California in 1930, Liebes decided to open her own studio in San Francisco, where she specialized in hand weaving for designers and architects. She eventually moved her studio to New York. In the late 1940s and early '50s, Liebes's focus changed from custom weaving to working with industrial and mass production. Known primarily for her use of brilliant colors and unusual materials, her work was regularly included in exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art. She received the American Craft Council Gold Medal in 1970. (American Craft Council)
Estimate $500-700

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Dorothy Wright Liebes, Paris, Santa Rosa, United States