Friday, July 22, 2011


"Alexander Calder (July 22, 1898 – November 11, 1976), whose illustrious career spanned much of the 20th century, is the most acclaimed and influential sculptor of our time. Born in a family of celebrated, though more classically trained artists, Calder utilized his innovative genius to profoundly change the course of modern art. He began by developing a new method of sculpting: by bending and twisting wire, he essentially "drew" three-dimensional figures in space. He is renowned for the invention of the mobile, whose suspended, abstract elements move and balance in changing harmony. Calder also devoted himself to making outdoor sculpture on a grand scale from bolted sheet steel. Today, these stately titans grace public plazas in cities throughout the world." -Calder Foundation


Although a lot of people know his work through the amazing abstract sculptures used around the world, some may be more familiar with the mid-century barkcloth fabric with his mobiles design. 

The very first big ticket item Jillian and I purchased together when we started dating over eleven years ago was this all original 1950's three-piece Rattan chair and table set with a famous calder bakcloth design.  We paid a grand for the it.  Here is Pepper Anne doing what she does best...looking ever so glamorous.  Over the years, Jillian has found original barkcloth panels of this print, both deadstock and slightly used.  We've used them for pillows and curtains.  We may even still have some tucked away in the garage somewhere.

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