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Strips of coiled newsprint are woven with nylon filaments on handlooms in the manner of grasscloth. Made from 100% recycled newsprint.
Black and White and Read All Over
Newsworthy is a handsome wallpaper that puts a new spin on an old technique. Woven on handlooms using the same technique as traditional grasscloth wallcoverings, the wallpaper is composed of 100% recycled newspaper and nylon filament. Newsworthy offers a nice texture, as well as subtle bits of pattern and color. As each of the woven...
Dish with bright yellow well; border of flattened natural-colored blossoms outlined in thick black on yellow ground.
Women, Charity, and Craft in America
This buttercup-yellow plate was made by Fanny Levine, a member of the Saturday Evening Girls Club. Founded in 1899 by Edith Guerrier, a librarian, and Edith Brown, an illustrator, the Saturday Evening Girls Club was a charitable organization dedicated to the education of poor immigrant women, particularly Jewish and Italian, living in the North End...
Circular hanging with the face of the sun in the center; female figures in long skirts are arranged around the circle, with waving lines filling the spaces between.
One Artist’s Range From Traditional to Abstract
Lace-making was a tradition in Luba Krejci’s native Czechoslovakia, but enthusiasm for the craft waned in the twentieth century. Krejci sought to reverse that trend by creating fresh lace designs like this one for others to produce. She intended to revitalize the disappearing art form by inspiring new interest in it. The serpentine lines between...
Screen printing of a photo montage showing an interior setting which includes coat hooks, frocks or dresses, handbags and a chair. The four panel set is printed mostly in a monochromatic sepia colorway with one dress printed in red and another printed in yellow. The composition includes three handbags suspended from hooks, two dresses on wire hangers suspended from hooks, and a mid-century chair.
Hooks and Frocks
Deborah's work is a contemporary example of trompe l'oeil which has a very long history in wallcoverings. Many of the earliest wallpapers were imitations of textiles, stone and architectural elements. The photo montage technique and the designer’s invite to interact with the scene are very contemporary takes on the mural tradition.  Hooks and Frocks is...
Large, circular form; in center, image of smiling woman dressed in bathing suit and bathing cap, standing before skyline of Moscow; blue border with six reserves showing women athletes; between each reserve an oval medalion with "USSR" (in Russian) and floral motif; gilded border with burnished star-like pattern.
A Soviet Achievement
This large hand-painted circular plate, measuring 13 9/16” in diameter, represents a period of Russian history during Stalin’s regime, where state sponsored porcelain products were used to promote the accomplishments of Russian society and culture and helped to play an important role in the official Party’s Soviet state propaganda campaign. As indicated by the mark...
Mercury flying diagonally from upper right to lower left, with his arms extended, gathers air waves portrayed as three series of parallel lines gathered to a point.
Mercury’s Swift Flight
Hildreth Meière (1892-1961) was a distinguished Art Deco muralist, painter, mosaicist, and decorative artist often applauded for her defiance of normative standards against the professional success of females.  In 1936 she wrote, “It drives me wild to be spoken of as ‘one of the best women artists’. I’ve worked as an equal with men, and...
Printed panel, entitled "The Owl" with front, back and bottom views of a perched owl in shades of brown, green and yellow, meant to be cut and sewn into a stuffed toy. Sewing instructions are printed in the center. "Arnold Print Works, North Adams, MA" is printed on the upper left corner
Put An Owl On It
Owls are nocturnal birds that are characterized in most people’s memories as wise creatures, perched up on their branch overlooking the world’s activities; always awake, eyes never closed.  In my memory, owls are the talisman of a childhood favorite lollipop, the tootsie roll pop. The mind burning question of: “How Many Licks Does It Take...
Vertical rectangle of joined sheets of paper. Large flowing design of foliage and flowers in the manner of Jean Pillement's Indian design. Printed in orange, blue, and greens.
India Chintz All Pieced Together
People are always inquiring how the Museum acquires its wallpaper samples. Wallpapers come to the museum in a variety of ways: they can be donated by the manufacturer when produced, sometimes people find old sample books or remnants of wallpaper up in the attic or garage, and sometimes antique samples are removed from the walls...
Poster, The Birth of the Blues for Levi Strauss
Levi’s Design Stands the Test of Time
Who can forget those 1990’s Levi’s commercials – marketing sex appeal, celebrity fashion, romance and rock ‘n’ roll style!  Instilling marketing slogans like “Originals stand the test of time” and “The more you wash them the better they get,” Levi’s jeans are an iconic image of American culture and style. Today, Levi’s signature button down...
Children's frieze with repeating group of seven school girls in green and red dresses, holding books, abaci and hoops, with a terrestrial globe. Across bottom a banderole with the Gothic-letter inscription in German: Arbeit macht das Leben Süss [Work Makes Life Sweet]. Printed in top selvedge: Wm. Campbell-Wall-Paper-Co., Antiseptic Pat'd 8-9-04". Printed in bottom selvedge: "The Froebel, E.J. Walenta, 496".
Is it Playtime, Yet?
Wearing complimentary red and green costumes, this group of golden children appears wise beyond their years. They have dour expressions on their faces, and most are too wrapped up in their studies to even acknowledge the spectator. Wm. Campbell-Wall-Paper-Co manufactured “The Froebel” frieze in 1905. It was innovative wallpaper because it was antiseptic, treated to...