Enlightened museum commissioning policy bridges creative disciplines
Within two hours of Amsterdam by train nestles Tilburg in the Netherlands, home to an old textile mill and house now repurposed as TextielMuseum. Allied to the museum is the extraordinary TextielLab, an open resource for those interested in developing their skills and forwarding good practice in textile design and production. An inspired commissioning process joins designer and lab to create an expanding series of textile product. Glithero are British designer Tim Simpson and Dutch designer Sarah van Gameren who were commissioned by TextielMuseum Tilburg to produce the Playing Cards linen tablecloth, an ode to all Jacquard woven fabrics. The pattern was inspired by the system of punched cards that contain the design of the fabric in a code which drives the loom. Playing Cards forms a chapter of a bigger project about coding patterns that unite the art forms of weaving and organ music.