Ruth Reeves

An Anonymous, Yet Patriotic Textile Design


The designer and manufacturer of this textile are unknown, but the subject is telling of the cultural climate that produced it. If I didn’t know its approximate date, I might have guessed it was designed in the 1930s.
Manhattan, Art Deco, New Deal, WPA murals, The Great Depression, Paris Exposition, Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge, Clayton Knight, Ruth Reeves, American, Patriotic, 1930s

Is that really a textile?


At first glance, Figures with Still Life, designed by Ruth Reeves, looks like a modern art painting. I did a double take when I realized it was, instead, a screen printed textile on plain weave. Throughout her career, Reeves designed a variety of objects in modern styles including tapestries, wall hangings, wall fabrics, carpeting, and dresses. 
Ruth Reeves, Art Deco, Cubism, figures representing daily life, wall hanging