Friday, January 14, 2011

{Fabric Friday} vintage vera...

I have really fond memories of playing in my mom's scarf box. The feeling of the silks & chiffons, the patterns & colors, and the wafting scent of Charlie Perfume come to mind when I think about it. A while back I spotted a basket of scarves at the antique mall. They were all packaged in ziploc baggies & I really didn't have time to sift through them. But I thought about them & saved that activity for a rainy day- when I need a studio break. That studio break came this week. I was completely delighted searching through the basket - the colors were amazing! But what really got my heart pumping was that the ones I kept picking up, were Vera Neumann scarves- and they were $6 a piece!

Vera was considered the "queen of mod" by many. Popular in the 60's &'70's, her textiles were infused with happiness and her painting background was evident in all of her designs. I'm drawn to her philosophy as much as her designs. Here is a snippet written about why she became so successful.

"...I think the biggest reason was that she painted up to the public. She was of the belief that fine art shouldn’t just be for the wealthy. It should be available to all and it should be incorporated in everyone’s everydays. By wearing a Vera dress, you can take your art with you. By wearing a Vera scarf, you can dress up pretty much anything. By having Vera linens in your kitchen, it puts a smile on your face while you’re doing the drabbest duties. Vera had the philosophy that you should change the art around you every once in a while because you soon stop seeing it. She made it to where a person can change their art as often as they change their clothes. Literally. "  - source

These scarves make me really happy. The colors just sing and the patterns are great! I felt really strongly about having them in my studio. I don't know what part they are going to play in my creating, but just being able to juggle them on whim is worth a lot. They also make for a good rainy day activity with the kiddo. Playing dress up has never been so glamorous... 

If you are fond of Vera as well and would like a little piece of fine art to wear, check out this Etsy Shop that has 297 Vera scarfs in stock!  I don't know about you, but I needed a little bit of cheerful color on this rainy day. Happy Fabric Friday


  1. Have a great weekend Kristin! Wow, that Scarf Etsy shop is divine! xo

  2. Thank you ... will check out that shop now! Those scarves are fab ... have seen Vera's name attached to various items for sale on Etsy, but never really knew her history!

    Too cute. Thank you, K!

  3. Hope you two are having a nice weekend!
    @Rachelle- I know, isn't it great?!
    @Carmel- Aren't they though? Me too- I recognized her name/logo from when I was a kid so I looked her up & loved what I discovered...
    Yeah, that Etsy shop is amazing!

  4. I'm sad to say, I've never heard of Vera Neumann (gasp!). I know I know, where's my culture.. These so gorgeous. I can*not* believe you found these for merely 6 bucks apiece! You're killing me here. I'd frame these up in 3's. Would def add a burst of colour onto our walls! Great find Kristin!



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