Sunday, August 26, 2012

Signing Off

When I started this Blog almost 2 years ago...I envisioned postings followed by questions asked and answered...which would lead to more information about the history of print and dye technology developments. It has not quite worked out that way.

I think for now...I will suspend Cottonopia. Margo Krager

Monday, August 20, 2012

Chintz c.1960

About 10 days ago...I did a 'road trip' with several friends from Bozeman to the Charles M Bair museum in Martinsdale, MT. There is new (July 2011) state-of-the-art museum space ( 7,000+ sq feet) to house the art work collection....including Charlie Russel, Edouard Cortes and Edward S Curtiss (photographer) as well as Native American items.

The house tour was fascinating...with interiors in a favorite color.... RED. Note toiles and chintz.


Guest Room at the Bair family home
The guest room was added in the  1960s...complete with drapery and chair coverings in Chintz of the period!

I would highly recommend a visit...open daily till Labor Day...and Wed/Sun through October.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Print run

Margo's first print run
It 'takes a village' to do a successful print run. The designer has an idea...but needs the help of a fabric stylist. This talented person...has a functioning left and right brain!! Their job is to interrupt your ideas...into something that will work with today's technology.
Once you 'ok' the croquis....the screen is cut. This is the most expensive part of the process.

This is my first print run in 1997. The egg yolk yellow with red is the document colors...the others are all c. 1830 possibles. Once the screen is set up and the machine is turned on...you need to run 3.000 yards to be cost efficient. Few printers want to have all their 'eggs in one basket'...so a 3 color run is common.

This print run...was accomplished with the help of Makower and my local banker!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Calico King

Mathew Chaloner Durfee Borden (1842-1912) was known as both M.C.D. Borden and the Calico King. He began work as a clerk in a dry goods house and moved on to a firm that represented the American Print Cloth Works in Fall River, MA. When this company went out of business in 1879, Borden reorganized the company into the American Printing Company, building three mills in Fall River. Eventually he owned the largest cloth printing business in the world and was known as the Calico King.


I was going through my collection of antique fabrics swatches recently and came across this sample ( it feels like a fine light weight wool) with an attached label from M. C. D. Borden and Sons Inc.