Jack Lenor Larsen: a weaver's memoir

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H.N. Abrams, Sep 30, 1998 - Crafts & Hobbies - 160 pages
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World-renowned textile designer and weaver Jack Lenor Larsen reflects on his extraordinary life and career in this beautifully illustrated memoir. A graduate of the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Larsen founded his own textile design company in 1953. Today, the Larsen name is synonymous with exquisite woven fabrics, epitomizing the point at which modernism, craft, and technology intersect.

The entertaining account is a window into the postwar design scene in America, in which Larsen recalls in wry detail his numerous clients and famous collaborators, among them architects Edward Larrabee Barnes, Louis Kahn, and I. M. Pei. Trained as a weaver, Larsen is not only an innovative textile artist but also an accomplished gardener and garden designer, a tireless traveler, a patron of younger artists, and an avid and astute collector and supporter of traditional and contemporary crafts from around the world.

The illustrations feature Larsen's incomparable fabrics; photographs of his commissions, homes, and superb collections; and snapshots of friends, clients, and mentors.

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About the author (1998)

Jack Lenor Larsen was born in Seattle in 1927 and today lives in New York City and East Hampton, Long Island. His textiles are in the collections of many of the world's most important museums. In 1992, Larsen established the LongHouse Foundation, dedicated to landscape design and the arts.

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