Andrea Aranow Textile Collection

Blue Rider Design, based in Portland, Oregon and managed by Caleb Sayan, houses and maintains an international collection of 26,000 textiles and original artwork. In 2009, the studio began the process of photographing and digitizing the entire collection to provide greater acces- sibility. By Fall 2011, our online archive will offer the largest digitized and searchable selection of vintage and original textile designs in the world. With the digitization completed the digital archive will offer the unique ability to search instantly through thousands of high resolution textiles images to show you designs based on your inspirations and interests such as by subject, style, era, color, origin, technique and material. The quality of the high resolution images will allow users to see intricate details such as fine embroidery stitches, delicate brush strokes and fabric surface textures to gain a better understanding of the techniques and construction used to create the designs and textiles throughout the archive.

This textile library began in New York in 1987 and was skillfully assembled by Andrea Aranow and edited for surface designers of the most exacting standards. Its unique perspective helped them garner inspiration from unique cultural and historical sources worldwide with textile designs representing 6 continents and countless countries. Noted clients included Ralph Lauren, Vuitton, Marni, Dries van Noten, Abercrombie & Fitch and UNIQLO. The collection provides design inspiration to apparel, footwear, wallpaper, upholstery, and stationery industries.

The breadth and depth of the textile designs in the collection are exceptional, showcasing aesthetic styles such as mid-century modern, art-deco, toile de Jouy, and tropicals. For whimsi- cal prints clients can peruse French nautical themes, Japanese waves, and 1950s Americana assemblages. For vivid color inspiration a look at our original 1970’s artwork from New York or appliques from Panama and African strip weaving is bound to inspire. Handcrafted highlights from the collection include block-printed linens from England and stenciled kimono silks. The woven selection offers every surface from Japanese crepes to French tissue picks, voided velvets, and jacquards. The needlework section includes French curtains, Victorian laces, and detailed eyelets for simple elegance.

Combining the extraordinary physical design archive with its innovative digital counterpart we strive to inspire the next generation of designers.

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