In 2009 the collection was moved to Portland, Oregon by Caleb Sayan to digitize the contents of the Andrea Aranow Textile Design Collection so that it might be utilized by a wider audience. With the help of a talented and diverse team the project aimed to redeﬁne how collections of cultural material could be accessed and utilized in the digital age. The ultimate goal for the project and was to find a permanent home for the physical and digital collection with an educational institution, cultural organization, or other partnership to ensure that the collection be fully utilized, built upon, and preserved for future generations.
Each item in the collection was captured in high resolution and catalogued using an in depth, 2,300 term custom hierarchical taxonomy describing objective information and visual characteristics of each piece.
An innovative and highly visual interface was then designed and developed for the collection as a web application featuring a custom database and integrated knowledge base.
“This project demonstrates the bright future for the Andrea Aranow Textile Design Collection as an empowering platform and cultural material both in person and online. Throughout the project we strived to seamlessly combine the physical, digital, and contextual aspects of the collection. The potential for this unique digitized archive to be used and expanded upon in an educational setting is massive, creating exciting new possibilities for learning and exploration for future generations.”