Out and About - Dolphin Gallery

You know how you have things that you like, but you just don't have the right spot right now? That's the fun of moving; suddenly, you discover that you have the spot for the thing you felt quite sure that you needed, but couldn't fit. Last year the Dolphin Gallery had an exhibit of Elizabeth Wilson's collection of vintage Japanese textiles. The patterns in the fabric are classic and modern. They sometimes remind me of folk art.

While the fabrics were at the Dolphin they scanned hundreds of the patterns, making it possible to print them in any size (almost) on paper or canvas or, say, silk.

The problem, of course, is deciding.

And once I knew there were hundreds, well, I wanted to see hundreds.

I am looking for two large pieces to flank a window in the family room. I'm square, so I want rectangular, but this circle might cure a thirst for Hirst.

It is interesting to see the fabric enlarged so dramatically; up close, you can see the weave of the threads.

The Dolphin has not printed all the patterns that were scanned.

Still, there were plenty to keep me busy on a frigid day.

The pulling and pairing, the stacking and sorting, warmed me up just like a good game of hopscotch.

Dolphin Gallery, here. Elizabeth Wilson's marvelous shop, Asiatica, here.