Folding time and paper

Art of the Fold book cover

Hi, everyone! We had a technical difficulty last week which resulted in the FIT Library closing suddenly on Friday. We apologize for the inconvenience and the lack of a post. But we didn’t forget you and we will have more for you this week.

Library staffer Jane with one of the authors
Library staffer Jane with one of the authors



To carry you over, I thought you might be interested in this great new book we have. This book of elaborate folded paper techniques. The authors, mother-daughter team, Hedi Kyle and Ulla Warchol, gave a workshop in the library’s new Art Resources Lab last Thursday. Here are some pics of the workshop so you can see what people made.





Workshop attendees hard at work
Workshop attendees hard at work




The book and the workshop taught advanced uses of folding (beyond origami) to make quirky notebooks, envelopes, gifts, and holders. FIT students, faculty and staff filled the program to brimming, and everyone learned to make cool things.





Some finished projects
Some finished projects




This was one of the best attended programs in our new maker space so far. If you couldn’t make it, we do have a copy of the book in the library:

The Art of the Fold

You can find independent bookstores from which to purchase the book at the authors’ website:

Art of the Fold announcement




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Magazine of the Week

Hi, everyone!

Cover of Textile History Journal displaying two Persian miniatures

This week’s MoW is one of my personal favorites. It’s nerdy, it’s scholarly, and it’s the journal I most aspire to write for. Textile History is one of the oldest peer-reviewed journals that addresses topics related to fashion, textiles, and history. This journal is produced 2 times a year (fall and spring) by the Pasold Research Fund in Great Britain. It was originally printed by a small publisher in Guilford, England, but in the last five years it was picked up by Taylor & Francis, the academic publisher. Shortly thereafter, the publisher made the entire journal available digitally. In addition, the title began to have color images. It is also available full text (although limited years) in Ebsco’s Academic Search Complete, Design and Applied Art Index, and Textile Technology Complete, among others.

Croatian flax processing in the 1930s




The Pasold Research Fund was founded by textile manufacturer Eric Pasold in 1964, with money from his family business, Pasolds Ltd. The Pasold company, which manufactured clothing, was 200 years old, with its main factories in Fleissen (now Plesna) in the Czech Republic. British import laws were favorable enough for the company to establish a branch outside of London. The company did well, particularly with a childrenswear brand called “Ladybird”. However, the entire Czech operation was destroyed in World War II.



Embroidered vestments in in the "Opus Anglicanum" exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum in 2016
Embroidered vestments in in the “Opus Anglicanum” exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum in 2016



The Pasold company thrived throughout the postwar period, making its name with innovative machine knit goods. This led the owner, Eric Pasold, to pursue his interest in the history of knitting by endowing a research fund. In the 1960s, textiles were still considered unimportant as a rigorous academic research topic.

Pasold’s investment helped fund and focus research on their economic and cultural impacts before they were taken seriously in prestigious history departments like Oxford and Harvard. This funding helped the U.K. to take a lead on scholarship focusing on textile-related topics. Textile History made this research available more widely, which helped encourage scholars like me and programs like the Fashion and Textile Studies program here at FIT.




Article detailing knitting structure of stockings belonging to Johan III of Sweden, c. 1592
Article detailing knitting structure of stockings belonging to Johan III of Sweden, c. 1592


The title contains articles related to clothing and textile production, cultural impact, and history all over the world, with the occasional themed edition. It also includes the usual reviews of new scholarly textile and clothing related titles, as well as exhibition reviews of museum and gallery shows around the world. It’s main focus, however, is the U.K., Europe and the United States. Above are images from the recent “Opus Anglicanum” show at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

I especially love that Textile History has published articles featuring historic items, talking about and showing how they were patterned and constructed. Here an article in Pasold’s own favorite subject, knitting history, showing the stitch construction of 16th century stockings from the Swedish royal collections.







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Donuts and footnotes!

Citation Salon poster for 11/27/18

Just a reminder that tomorrow, November 27, we have the first Citation Salon of the fall 2018 semester. Come get donuts while also getting help! Librarian Maria Rothenberg will help you figure out how to cite that weird downloaded article, or that art book with 5 authors!

Good luck out there!

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