RAM Remembers Randall Darwall

Randall Darwall, one of the finest hand weavers in the US, died Friday, January 13, 2017. Born in 1948, he studied painting but became attracted to the structure of the weaving process early in his career. Over the following decades, he created hand-woven cloth that is surprising in its complex color palette shifts and patterns. Working in silk to develop glowing color surfaces, he has become internationally known for the scarves and shawls made from his lush painterly fabrics. For over 25 years Darwall had also been working collaboratively with his life partner, Brian Murphy, who designs clothing made from Darwall’s cloth. Darwall studied at Harvard College and the Rhode Island School of Design. The work of this greatly-admired artist is in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Museum of Arts and Design, New York; and the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. RAM holds an archive of 22 Darwall works that began to arrive in the collection in 1992. A number of these pieces were included in RAM Collects Contemporary Art to Wear which just closed on December 30.

View Darwall's segment on the PBS Series Craft in America