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Fabric Design

Dot Pattern fabric designs

Dot Pattern fabric designs
Ray Eames (1912-1988)
Dot Pattern fabric designs, ca. 1941
Pencil on tracing paper
Prints & Photographs Division
The work of Charles and Ray Eames
Collection at the Library of Congress by
bequest of Ray Eames, 1988 (141.10a)

Ray holding Dot Pattern fabric design
Ray Eames (1912-1988)
Ray holding "Dot Pattern" fabric design,
ca. 1947
Gelatin silver print from original negatives
Prints & Photographs Division
The work of Charles and Ray Eames
Collection at the Library of Congress by
bequest of Ray Eames, 1988 (141.11c)

Husband-and-wife designers Charles Eames (1907-78) and Ray Eames (1912-88) gave shape to America's twentieth century. Their lives and work represented the nation's defining movements: the West Coast's coming-of-age, the economy's shift from making goods to producing information, and the global expansion of American culture. Like Ray's magazine covers, her textile designs translated abstract art into useful, everyday objects. Although "Dot Pattern" was not produced during Ray's lifetime, it is currently being manufactured by Maharam Textiles.

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