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“…we have never looked upon ourselves as ‘dealers in textiles.’ We regard textiles simply as one means of artistic expression…” — Theodore Greeff, President, Greeff Fabrics, Inc.
This Piece: If you think of this style fabric as goofy, and the kind of thing you find in crafty stores, that’s in part because the quality and illustration of this type of design has been cheapened in the age of fast fabric. But Greeff got there first, over a half century ago, and with the finest in documentary naturalist illustration to boot. They’ve been imitated since, but never rivaled.
From their 1960s collection “A Man’s World,” this piece, “Wild Fowl” 1966, depicts a variety of birds in their natural habitat. Species include Canada Geese, Wood Duck, Sharp Tailed Grouse, and Pinnated Grouse.
A sheeting weight 100% cotton, light drape.
This would make a charming backing for a message board, little curtains for a camper, pillow fronts for a lodge space, or separated and resen image centers for a quilt or bedspread top.
Oversize Sample Size: 35″ wide x 43″ long
COLOR: Brick backing with black dotted diamond motif, and birds and foliage rendered in beiges, cornflower, olive green, black, white, mauve, and hints of Robin’s Egg Blue.
CONDITION: Excellent for its 53 years!
Maker: Greeff Fabrics, Inc was founded in the US by Theodore Greeff in 1933 to make a wide range of mostly traditional style interior fabrics and wallcoverings, grouped in collections, for high-end interior designers. Jackson’s book points to Marion Dorn, John Little, Dan Rasmassen, and Dagmar Wilson as key designers from the 1940s and after.
By 1971, Greeff’s chief designer was a female, Virginia Nepodal. Lesley Jackson writes in her book Twentieth-Century Pattern Design that, “Virginia Nepodal, an in-house designer at Cheney Brothers during the 1940s, who transferred to the newly merged Cheney, Greeff & Co. during the early 1950s, worked in an accessible modern style, creating patterns such as Mushrooms, Sanderlings, and Seeds (all 1951). Subsequently, as design director of Greeff Fabrics from 1952 to 1985, Nepodal was responsible for the stylings of both textiles and wallpaper, where she juggled the dual requirements of ‘Contemporary’ and traditional design.”
Why High-End Vintage Fabric Samples? Because the large over size sample and superior manufacturing quality make it possible to access a very high-end fabric for a smaller scale project without the high cost of these classic vintage fabrics, which often begin at over $150 a yard, if they can still be found at all. Other reasons are to access a small amount of discontinued fabric to match or to repair an existing piece in your home.
SHOP MISSION: For art and textiles I use eco-friendly resources including non-toxic materials, and upcycled textiles for sale or turned into new products. My philosophy is #buyantiquesfirst #buyvintagefirst #buyusedfirst #buyupcycledfirst and sell them as they are, or turn them into something new.
I believe it’s our duty as contemporary earth dwellers to not make new demands on the industrial economy and instead to utilize already embedded energy is the quadrillions of products already made and still usable in life today either as they are, or transformed into something fresh.
With my products, together you and I help reduce earth impacts since I source vintage items and resources either as they are, or to upcycle into new products, giving them a new life. This reduces demand on current resources, preserves history, and keeps valuable items out of the landfill, all of which asks just a little bit less out of our ever-giving Mother Earth. And since Etsy buys carbon offsets for all shipping, this approach is a win-win for the sustainability-minded shopper.