Elenhank Designs, Inc.: Bold and Beautiful Screen Prints
- Papilio, 1968
- by Elenhank Designers, Inc.
- screenprint on cotton linen
- Gift of Dorothy E.A. Ramsland
In 1948 the successful husband and wife team of Henry Kluck and artist Eleanor Kluck merged their nicknames to name their textile screen printing company “Elenhank.” At that time they announced: “We are concerned with meeting the fabric and design requirements of contemporary architects and interior designers, and with introducing a new vocabulary of fabric expressions.” Their designs evolved from abstract repeat patterns in the early years to designs inspired by nature, but very stylized, in the 1960s and 1970s.
The shimmering Elenhank screen print “Wood’s Edge” from the 1970s epitomizes these later, nature-inspired designs. The special beauty in this exhilarating impression of autumn woods at the peak of color change is that it goes beyond how those woods look, to reminding us how we feel when we gaze upon them.
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