A Survey of the Fiber Arts, Part 3: Claire Zeisler


Photo by Jonas Dovydenas.

Claire Zeisler was one of several American pioneers who helped transform the two-dimensional craft of weaving into the three-dimensional medium called fiber art during the mid-to-late 20th century.

Like her contemporary Lenore Trelawney, she studied with Alexander Archipenko and Laszlo Moholy-Nagy at the Illinois Institute of Technology, often known as the American Bauhaus. After several years working in traditional textiles, Zeisler abandoned loomed weavings to create three-dimensional free-form fiber sculptures of increasing scale and complexity. These large-scale and innovative works brought her into the forefront of modern fiber arts.

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Claire Zeisler at work. Photo courtesy of Prism of Threads.

Throughout the late ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s, Zeisler exhibited widely, in Europe and Japan as well as the United States, and many museums acquired examples of her work. Today her work is still considered an example of fiber art and sculptural possibilities.


‘Tri-color Arch’, 1983. Photo courtesy of Colour Addict Archive.


‘Red Forest II’, 1971. Photo courtesy of Gravel and Gold.


‘Floor Slinky’, 1971. Photo courtesy of The Art Institute of Chicago.


‘Private Affair I’, 1986. Photo courtesy of Gravel and Gold.

Chicago's Art institute, Contemporary Fiber Art from the Permane

Exhibit at the Chicago Art Institute. Photo by Carter Grotta.


Exhibition at California State University. Photo courtesy of CSU.


Untitled, 1968. Photo courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Art.



Modernica’s Home Decor Gift Guide for 2015

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Between our newest original designs and a few go-to classics, we’ve got the perfect home decor gift guide for every modern-lover on your list.

1. Case Study Fiberglass Demi Table

The Fiberglass Demi Table is an original Modernica design crafted from eleven layers of laminated hardwood with a beveled edge and fiberglass tabletop that lend a touch of modern refinement to the compact design. The fiberglass top is available in over 30 colors!


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2. Case Study Ceramic Cylinder with Wood Stand

Modernica’s Case Study Ceramics echo the primeval archetypal shapes that became prominent for ceramic design in the post-war 1950s era. The cylinder is a perfect example of this style – pure and elegant in form.

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3. Case Study Ceramic Desktop Cylinder with Wood Stand

The Desktop Cylinder is one of the most versatile in Modernica’s Case Study Ceramics® collection; it is small enough for your desk or side table, but with all the striking modern sensibilities of its larger counterparts.


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4. Studio DIY x Modernica Case Study Fiberglass Confetti Chair

The Studio DIY x Modernica Confetti Chair is flecked with multicolored bits of confetti pressed right into the fiberglass. Along with its pink eiffel base, the chair is sure to add a fun, festive quality to your space.

Only 100 chairs will be produced in this style and purchase is limited to stock on hand.

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5. George Nelson Cigar Lotus Table Lamp with Walnut Base

Modernica implements the same methods and materials that were designed by George Nelson for the Bubble Lamp series in 1952. Each shade is constructed of an innovative taut plastic that coats a steel wire-frame. These lamps are simplicity defined, and the Cigar Lotus Table Lamp features a durable, line-grained, nickel-plated steel stand with a solid walnut cover.

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6. Case Study Alpine Daybed

The Case Study Alpine Daybed is a beautiful new addition to the Alpine line that demonstrates the same comfort and versatility of the original Case Study® Daybed, now with a handsome frame of bentwood ply. Constructed with multiple layers of North American maple and a top layer of rich North American walnut, each daybed is crafted so that every part contributes to the overall strength and stability of the frame.

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7. Case Study Fiberglass Armshell Rocker

The Fiberglass Armshell Rocker is distinctive as a stand-alone piece that adds instant character to any interior. It is available in over 30 colors with several base configurations so that anyone can create their own one-of-a-kind chair.


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Enter Dwell’s Merry Modern Contest – Every Day!

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If you love our newest (and most adorable!) Case Study Ceramic planter, now’s your chance to win one for yourself! Dwell’s Merry Modern contest offers you the chance to enter to win a Desktop Cyinder, every single day from now until December 18th – just in time for the Holidays!

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Whether it’s a gift for you or for a loved one, start entering today by visiting Dwell’s Merry Modern contest.

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