Ruth Reeves was an innovative artist and educator as well as one of the most influential textile designers of the first half of the twentieth century. Between 1910 and 1915, Reeves trained as a painter and textile designer at Pratt Institute, San Francisco School of Design, and the Art Students League. She later joined Women's Wear as a fashion illustrator, working in the Design Department under the direction of associate editor Morris De Camp Crawford. Crawford, also a research associate at the American Museum of Natural History, started the Designed in America campaign in 1916 with the goal of creating an American design aesthetic using indigenous objects in museums as inspiration. Reeves was an active... more.