Recorded Sighting of the Big Nipper
Sheila O'Hara, Oakland, CA, 1987
This textile art by whimsical artist Sheila O'Hara (known for her
warp sense of humor) was created in 1987 to celebrate the 110th birthday
of the Phonograph. Sheila's layered weaving technique blends multiple
colors by threading four sets of colors or warps all weaving at once.
This creates a two-sided fabric, with one weft and one layer.
the piece was commissioned to celebrate Edison's tin-foil invention,
other phonograph related symbols are displayed. The featured talking
machine is Berliner's Gramophone performing the dual role of a searchlight
and record player. The Victor dog "Nipper" speeds through
the sky on a disc record. The rival Pathe Rooster flies by on another
record.The Columbia Graphophone Company's logo "Note the Notes"
is the other piece of phonographia.