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Nov 24, 2008

Vera Neumann








Oh my goodness! I have discovered VERA NEUMANN... Me Oh My! What a clever lady... and I love the story... she was an artist and turned textile designer using post WWII silk parachute to screenprint her designs... Apparently she started this just past the age of 40... I am in love with her free spirited hand... and that color is to die for. Vera designed everything for a 36" square scarf... and adopted the ladybug as her trademark for good luck, long life and happiness. Later in 1950s and a grown staff and facility, her company was releasing as many as 500-600 designs a year... that's a lot! In the 60s a clothing line was added and the fabric was designed with the garment in mind... Finally selling the company but working on as designer, she worked 6 days a week, Tuesday was reserved for her hair appointment and the board meeting in Manhatten (by the way, the board accommodated her schedule). Apparently working until her death in 1993... the old gal was 86 when she went....
I love this story and will find out more about Vera... I must begin a new collection of vintage Vera Napkins.... what do you think?
Best, T

4 comments:

BJ Lantz said...

Thanks for sharing that. I knew she was a famous designer from the 50s-60, but didn't know all of it. I have a couple of her vintage napkins that I have found at thrift sales (and am always on the lookout for!).

Jewels of My Heart said...

Just lovely....
I have just discovered your designs and I am thrilled. I love your style.

nancy.geaney said...

love vera! I was born in '62 and have many fond memories of my mom in her vera scarves, vera placemats, and was lucky enough to find a bolt of orange and white vera"trees" upholstery fabric. not much left, but would love to share some with you if you like!
i'm working on a quilt with your new line as we speak...type.. your visions are lovely and wild. I'm sure vera would be inspired.

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