People want to feel or express emotions in their clothes and furnishings. A bland cocoon is a dull existence, Vera Neumann.
This month in House Beautiful magazine, on page 32, you can find some interesting wall art ideas. Turn the page and you find more ideas, including an example of a framed textile. The one shown? A graphic, black and white Vera scarf. It makes a stunning decorative statement. With Vera scarves and other textiles so reasonably priced, why not frame one for your own wall?
A hugely popular designer from the 1940’s-70’s, Vera (Neumann) created up to 500 designs per year throughout the course of her career. While some have a distinctly vintage vibe, others reflect a timeless quality, designs so uniquely striking, they resonate with people of all eras. The one featured in August’s House Beautiful falls into this category–timeless (shown above).
On Etsy, this pair of Vera napkins can be had for $16.00. They would look stunning framed and hung in the right setting.
Do you remember this Vera scarf from my Vintage Finds #80? It came home with me for just 25 cents.
It has some condition problems–a bit of tearing in the corner and unraveling of the hand-sewn, rolled edges. I think it’s a good candidate for framing, but it will require a professional since it’s so large and thin (it may be silk). (Note: The stand-alone, capitalized “Vera” dates to the late 1950s.)
But I decided that this striking Vera napkin from my “collection” would be perfect for an amateur framer like myself. You may recall that I posted about them a while back (Vintage Finds #76). I just love the drama of the black leaves against the narrow black and white stripes. (Note: “Vera” with a small copyright bug likely dates to the 1960s.)
Do Vera textiles excite you? Bore you?
Do you own any of her scarves or table linens?
Do you have a favorite design?
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Looking for more info about Vera?
Wall Street Journal article, The Art Behind Vera Neumann (7/6/15)
Design Sponge article, Past & Present: Textile Designer Vera Neumann
Fuzzy Lizzie Vintage Clothing, Vera
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