Textile, Americana Print: It, 1925
This is a textile. It was company: Stehli Silk Corporation and designed by Kneeland (Ruzzie) Green. It is dated 1925 and we acquired it in 1937. Its medium is medium: silk technique: printed by engraved roller label: silk printed by engraved roller. It is a part of the Textiles department.
Americana Prints was the brainchild of Kneeland “Ruzzie” Green, who designed It and a few other text-based patterns for the collection. As Art Director for Stehli Silks, Green saw firsthand the prevalence of uninspired, watered-down copies of French designs on the American silk market. That troublesome trend, and a trip to the 1925 Paris Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs (in which the United States chose not to participate), seem to have inspired Green to put together a defiantly American collection.
As the name of this collection suggests, the designs were meant to be patriotic, but in a less traditional sense, as they referenced jazz and urban life and evoked a general sense of movement and energy. Some of the Americana Prints featured direct references to American life, while others were inspired by a truly American sense of ingenuity, like in Edward Steichen’s patterns, which were based on photographs of everyday objects and the shadows they created.
Its dimensions are
H x W: 24.4 x 99.1 cm (9 5/8 x 39 in.)
Cite this object as
Textile, Americana Print: It, 1925. Medium: silk Technique: printed by engraved roller Label: silk printed by engraved roller. Gift of Marian Hague. 1937-1-6.