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Tom Marioni, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM), Philadelphia. Handkerchief Calendar (Men’s), 1991. Hand screen-printed with dyes and pigment on pima cotton with wood box. Handkerchiefs: 14 x 14 inches. Photo Credit: Carlos Avendaño
Tom Marioni, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM), Philadelphia. Handkerchief Calendar (Men’s), 1991. Hand screen-printed with dyes and pigment on pima cotton with wood box. Handkerchiefs: 14 x 14 inches. Photo Credit: Carlos Avendaño
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Tom Marioni

Handkerchief Calendar is a set of handkerchiefs, each printed with the astronomer symbol associated with the seven days of the week. The edition is printed on cotton for men and silk for women. The birch plywood box that holds Handkerchief Calendar can act as a frame for the set when hung without its lid.

As the artist described while in residence at FWM: “Over the past 20 years I have made organic drawings. The first (made in 1972) were vertical lines, drawn over and over as far as I could reach—a measurement of my body that created an image that looked something like a tree. Then, for years, I made drumming drawings with wire drum brushes, producing rubbings on sheets of sandpaper; the resulting images looked something like birds flying. These were drawings done with both arms in an overlapping pattern, a natural movement. At the end of the 70’s I began making drawings of my shadow with a very long pencil; they ended up looking like actual shadows of a man in profile. In the 80’s I have been doing calligraphic drawings with the soft end of a feather and ink. All of the work is body measurement, but each drawing has associations: tree, bird, man or—in the calligraphic works—picture-writing.”

-- Tom Marioni, The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, 1991


Bio

American. Born 1937, Cincinnati, Ohio; lives and works in San Francisco, California.