As promised, last week’s GIF was just the first of many that we will create and share here at Documenting Modern Living in the Indianapolis Museum of Art Archives! This time around, we are getting a bit more creative and better-versed in the art of special collections GIF-making (though we are still working our way up to the skills on display at the University of Iowa Special Collections Tumblr).
Of the many material samples in the Miller House and Garden Collection, a small portion of these are exotic skins and leathers, and one of our favorites is a group of ostrich leather pieces that were pre-cut for the Eames PAC-1 chair. With a bit of imagination and a lot of help from Photoshop, we have combined images of the archival leather pieces with the Eames PAC-1 chair in the IMA’s permanent collection to visualize what the ostrich-covered Eames chair may have looked like!
Ostrich Eames chair cover pieces, Box 97, Folders 126-129, Miller House and Garden Collection, IMA Archives, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana. (MHG_IVi_B097_F126_001; MHG_IVi_B097_F127_001; MHG_IVi_B097_F128_001; MHG_IVi_B097_F129_001)
PAC-1 Chair, Gift of Margaret, Catherine, Elizabeth and Will Miller, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana.