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Floor cushion and plaid, by David John Currie

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Floor cushion and plaid, by David John Currie
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This woven floor cushion (entitled 'Striven') and plaid (entitled 'Venezia') were made by the artist David John Currie between 1978 and 1980. The inspiration for the cushion comes from crystal and mineral forms found in nature. The reflections of Venetian buildings inspired the plaid.

The cushion is made of mohair, silk, cotton, gold metallic, wool, linenmarl and rayon boucle with a calico lining and kapok filling. Triangular units of natural coloured stripes were joined together to form a hexagonal shape. The plaid is made of silk, mohair, cotton and worsted wool in a design with increasing proportions of stripes alternating between pale soft pastels and bands of white lustres.

During the 1980s the Scottish Development Agency purchased a number of hand-crafted items for its Scottish Crafts Collection. The aim of the collection was to inform the public of craft production in Scotland through touring exhibitions and education programmes. When the Scottish Craft Council was wound up, the collection was transferred to the National Museums of Scotland.

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