Susan Meller

  • MATERIAL THINGS

    The pictures that follow, both gorgeous and utterly mundane, are textile designs—patterns made to be printed on fabric and eventually exhibited on people’s persons wherever there’s store-bought cloth. They have an audience, then, as vast as those of such popular image-producing media as television and the movies, which they long predate: the particular designs here may be creations of the cloth-printing industry, but the genres they conform to—dots and medallions, stripes and grids—are untraceably ancient.

    Textile patterns are as widely seen as any images made, but the word “seen” needs to be