On Saturday, January 12, 2019 ARLIS/NA New York members visited Blue: The Tatter Textile Library. Presently housed in the same building as the Textile Arts Center in Gowanus, Brooklyn, the Tatter Textile Library offers a research collection and workshop space. Its founder, Jordana Munk Martin, provided a tour of the facilities. A textile artist herself, Jordana established the library collection in order to help meet the demand for a place to study textiles and related subjects. The Tatter Textile Library collection grew organically, as Jordana inherited her grandmother’s library, then that of a fiber artist, and finally added her own. Since its launch in June 2017, the Tatter Textile Library has become a fixture for those studying the textile and fiber arts. Notably, the collection offers international exhibition catalogs on fiber arts. Upon entering the library, researchers are immersed in a blue space of comfy chairs and browsable shelves filled with periodicals, pamphlets and books, many of which are out of print. Jordana views the space as an ongoing art installation. As such, the space is decorated with beautiful objects such as Japanese textiles, knitting implements, a collection of buttons and antique sewing accessories. Organized by the Library of Congress Classification system, the non-circulating library collection contains about four thousand books and a thousand periodicals. In order to access the research collection, users simply need to make an appointment. Attendees were encouraged to browse the book and object collections. After the tour, Jordana offered an optional Appliqué Workshop, during which participants used library materials as inspiration for hand-stitching projects.


Cheryl Costello, Art & Architecture Librarian, Pratt Institute Library, Brooklyn


Image description: A corner of the Tatter Textile Library's reading room