Industry supplier Springs Creative Products Group, with headquarters in Rock Hill, South Carolina, has enriched its textile design archive with the acquisition of the New York-based Ilene Danchig Studio Documentary Textiles Archive.
Springs Creative has merged the more than 100,000 textile pieces and designs with the contents of its Baxter Mill Archive, a collection of more than 430,000 fabric swatches, antique documents and books, and hand-painted artwork owned by Springs Creative, the company said in a news release.
“This acquisition is an exciting step for Springs Creative and the Baxter Mill Archive because it solidifies us as a leading inspiration destination for all industries,” said Kathy Phillips, creative director at Springs Creative. “The addition of Ilene’s robust textiles to the Baxter Mill Archives creates a truly one-of-a-kind archive, representing design styles, art history and influence from every part of the globe, and my team and I cannot wait to work on these treasures.”
Ilene Danchig began her career in the textile industry as a designer and weaver. Her passion for collecting textiles led her to amass more than 100,000 antique fabrics and prints from all around the world, representing a vast ethnographic assortment from Africa, India, Mexico, Russia and Thailand.
“When I began looking for a buyer for my studio, it was very important to me to find an organization that cared about the integrity of textiles just as much as I do,” Danchig said. “I met Derick (Close, chief executive officer of Springs Creative), Kathy and their team and discovered they not only had an appreciation for what I created and recognized the value of my pieces, but that they would continue to use my archives in an ethical and creative way.”
The Ilene Danchig Studio textiles and documents have been relocated to Rock Hill and are housed in Springs Creative’s historic Cotton Factory building.