"Fancy Free" Fabric Swatch Designed by Ruth Adler Schnee, 1949

Summary

Trained as an interior architect, Ruth Adler Schnee began her pioneering foray into textile design with an entry into the Chicago Tribune's "Better Rooms for Better Living" interior design competition. Unable to locate suitable fabrics, she designed her own and this ad hoc textile she designed drew attention. She promptly taught herself to screen print and began to sell her own designs.

Trained as an interior architect, Ruth Adler Schnee began her pioneering foray into textile design with an entry into the Chicago Tribune's "Better Rooms for Better Living" interior design competition. Unable to locate suitable fabrics, she designed her own and this ad hoc textile she designed drew attention. She promptly taught herself to screen print and began to sell her own designs.

Artifact

Swatch

Date Made

1949

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

2000.103.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Purchased with funds from the Eleanor B. Safford Memorial Textile Fund.

Material

Batiste

Color

Gray (Color)
White (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 37 in

Width: 50 in

Inscriptions

on front of paper tag: asa / ADLER-SCHNEE ASSOCIATES / CONTEMPORARY HAND PRINTED TEXTILES / RUTH ADLER DESIGNS / [...] / FABRIC Imported Dreamspun / DESIGN "FANCY FREE" / COLOR CUSTOM / Gray #6, White#1 Cennini / REPEAT 25" / WIDTH 50" / STOCK / PRICE

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