Course Descriptions

DECORATIVE ARTS

Seminars By Design presents Decorative Arts lectures and seminars for Interior Designers, Business Owners, Suppliers including sales representatives and showroom managers as well as to Historic Foundation Conferences, Art Guilds, Decorative Centers, Museums, and Antique Shows as well as at industry events such as the Decorative Fabric Association, ASID, IIDA and NEOCON .

DECORATIVE ARTS LECTURES AND SEMINARS BY MR. RICHARD E. SLAVIN

Richard E. Slavin III is a Decorative Arts consultant specializing in period interiors, textiles, wallpapers and furnishings is the author of many articles on textiles as well as the book Opulent Textiles: The Schumacher Collection in which Mr. Slavin chronicles the history of decorative fabrics in the United States.


OPULENT TEXTILES IN AMERICA
The talk is an overview of Mr. Slavin’s book, Opulent Textiles, the Schumacher Collection. Using the color plates of this book, Dick will chronicle the decorative fabrics in the U.S, from the Gilded Age (1890′s) to the end of the 20th century.

SAY IT WITH FLOWERS
The Inspiration of Floral Motifs has provided inspiration for textile and wallcovering designs from Poiret to Buatta. Using examples taken from antique textiles, paintings historic photographs and paintings as well as Victorian interiors and 20th century artist/designer creations.

LIVING WITH HISTORIC FABRICS AND WALLPAPERS
(Historic reproductions are not just for use in recreated Period Rooms) Classic traditional designs would not have survived if they have had not merit. There will always be room for in good decorations for classic damasks, brocades and tapestries. The desire to decorate interiors with reproductions of historic patterns is not unique to the 20th century; however, what is unique to the century is the demand for authentic reproductions. Slavin will summarize how this phenomenon came about and will show how reproductions were used for past domestic interiors and make suggestions for selecting and enjoying these designs in today’s homes.

REINVENTING TARA AND TWELVE OAKS
How the 1939 movie Gone With The Wind has forever impacted southern domestic interior design. The widespread even international appeal of this romantic and emotional movie has imprinted the general public with a vision of life in the deep south that has remained an influence on southern domestic interiors to this day. The GWTW movie set interiors have colored museum and historic house restorations and been a source of inspiration for those desirous of ante-bellum interiors from the Atlantic to the Pacific.

NEVER OUT OF FASHION: INFLUENCE OF FRENCH DESIGN
This lecture discusses the phenomenon in American decorating that from the 1790′s throughout the 19th and into the 20th century, a certain group of sophisticated individuals have always preferred fine French furnishings for their homes. Throughout history French furnishings have remained the epitome of good taste and a symbol of social status. This talk will be illustrated with historic examples of French silks and wallpapers, as well as views of period interiors from Monticello to the Breakers.

ENGLISH TEXTILES FOR HOUSEHOLD DECOR
The close alliance between the US and England as it relates t textile design will be the topic of this discussion. Because of our colonization by England and our continued shared language and culture, Americans have long been comfortable with English textile designs for home furnishings. This talk will conclude with patterns by William Morris and his contemporaries who also looked backwards in history for design inspiration.

THIS LITTLE CORNER OF MODERN PARIS: ART DECO COMES TO AMERICA
The impact of the 1925 Exposition International des Arts Decortifis et Industries Modernes in Paris on American taste in decorative textiles as seen in the collections of the F.Schumacher & Co. archives will be discussed. Although this talk begins with modern designs prior to 1925, the concentration will be on imported fabrics of the French L’Art Moderne style and the delightful room designed and built in Paris and subsequently installed in the New York City showroom to present this special collection in its proper setting. Finally, textiles from other European sources such as Wierner Werkstatte and the American Designers will be discussed to sum up the movement.

AMERICAN STYLES OF THE COLONIAL AND EARLY REPUBLIC ERAS
Learn the history of decorative textiles and wallpapers known to be used in this country primarily in the 18th century in the domestic interior. Issues raised will be how and where these materials were used, what was available to American styles and fads and how cost affected what our early citizens purchased. This talk will be illustrated with slides of museum and historic house period rooms, samples of antique fabric and wallpaper designs as well as reproductions of historic patterns.