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Dorothy Wright Liebes
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Santa Rosa, CA
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New York, NY
After studies at University of California(BA in applied design) and Columbia University(MA in art education), Liebes interned with the French textile firm Rodier. She opened her San Francisco studio in 1930 and became one of the first handweavers in America to adapt her designs for mass production. Specializing in custom handwoven fabrics for architects and designers, she won commissions for public buildings and organized the Decorative Arts section of the 1939-40 Golden Gate International Exposition. She was also instrumntal in the development of Gump's "Discovery Shop", which highlighted American craft in an upsacle retail setting. In 1948 she moved her studio to NY, where she helped to develop novelty yarns such as Lurex. She is largely known for the use of metallics and for championing man-made fibers.