(speaker)Eleanor Le Maire
(speaker)Parsons School of Design
(sponsoring body)Sterling A. Callisen
circa 1963 – 1964
Eleanor Le Maire, introduced by Sterling Callisen, opens the inaugural Mary L. Brandt Memorial Lecture, presented for third year students in Interior Design at Parson School of Design. Le Maire announces the Mary L. Brandt chair. Le Maire introduces Dorothy Liebes as a textile designer and a "dear friend" of Mary L. Brandt. The purpose of the Brandt lecture series is to focus on the problems of presentation and merchandising in interior design. Le Maire also notes that Liebes is on the boards of Parsons School of Design, the Fashion Group, and the Museum of Modern Art.
Liebes's talk focuses on "tips and tricks," and "do's and don't's." She majored in art at the University of California-Berkeley, and notes that her work experiences—in an antiques store, a department store, and as a teacher—were particularly impactful on her design practice. Liebes emphasizes the importance of lifelong learning, self-care, and engagement with society. Among her recommendations for emerging designers: frequent museums, galleries, and libraries; work on one's "personal collection" (she appears to mean portfolio in this instance); consider one's work one's "selling aids," and to carry them in a "light suitcase." Liebes considers weaving and painting to be complementary practices—with some discussion of color stories—and considers teaching a natural complement to most practices. She shares some of her prototype textiles, as well as their machine copies.
Based on the Dorothy Liebes Papers finding aid in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, this lecture dates from 1963 or 1964.
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