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Work box

A work made of plastic box containing metal needles of various sizes; ball-head pins; sewing needle; ball head knitting needles; wire thread guides; cotton floss wrapped wooden dowels; knitting needle with glass beads, jute balls wrapped in cotton in simple loop stitch; knitting needle with jute ball wrapped in cotton in simple loop stitches and wrapped with cotton floss; bast fiber coils ("slinky") sample fragments; bast fiber coil ("slinky") sample fragment wrapped in wool; cluster of cotton coils.

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  • A work made of plastic box containing metal needles of various sizes; ball-head pins; sewing needle; ball head knitting needles; wire thread guides; cotton floss wrapped wooden dowels; knitting needle with glass beads, jute balls wrapped in cotton in simple loop stitch; knitting needle with jute ball wrapped in cotton in simple loop stitches and wrapped with cotton floss; bast fiber coils ("slinky") sample fragments; bast fiber coil ("slinky") sample fragment wrapped in wool; cluster of cotton coils.

Date:

1960s/1970s

Artist:

Claire Zeisler (American, 1903–1991)
Chicago, United States

About this artwork

Some of Zeisler’s small, playful pieces were fashioned with the implements and materials held in this little work box. Perhaps she used this container during travel, much in the way that textile artist Sheila Hicks traveled with a miniature loom.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Textiles

Artist

Claire Zeisler

Title

Work box

Place

United States (Object made in)

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Made 1960–1979

Medium

Plastic box containing metal needles of various sizes; ball-head pins; sewing needle; ball head knitting needles; wire thread guides; cotton floss wrapped wooden dowels; knitting needle with glass beads, jute balls wrapped in cotton in simple loop stitch; knitting needle with jute ball wrapped in cotton in simple loop stitches and wrapped with cotton floss; bast fiber coils ("slinky") sample fragments; bast fiber coil ("slinky") sample fragment wrapped in wool; cluster of cotton coils

Dimensions

21.6 × 6 × 2.9 cm (8 1/2 × 2 3/8 × 1 1/8 in.)

Credit Line

Nicole Williams Contemporary Textile Fund

Reference Number

2015.287

Extended information about this artwork

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